Stus-List [EXTERNAL] Re: Headsail only in strong winds astern

David davidrisch75 at
Tue Mar 19 08:44:56 EDT 2019

Unless the mast is raked forward and the backstay is loose and the mast was able to be inverted and your baby is will be fine.

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Subject: Re: Stus-List [EXTERNAL] Re: Headsail only in strong winds astern

No question, it would be great to hear form the people who design these masts, but I don’t believe that in a normal boat, the mast would be weakened by dropping the main.

>From a lay person point of view, when running, the main is not supporting the mast much. I can imagine that it does, to a degree, when you are close to wind (the main plus the main sheet provide an extra support of the mast from the aft).


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I would love to hear Mr. Ball chime in on this thread, if possible, from a mast design point of view. I have been told by a very experienced offshore sailor and the instructor of Offshore Sea Survival courses, that the masts are designed to have a mainsail hoisted and are not stable or properly supported without it. The instructor stated that if you were to drop the main because of high winds that you should be hoisting a storm sail in its place, if for no other reason than to support the mast. Since then the only time I will run on jib alone is in light air drifting around the harbour for an evening pleasure cruise.


Morgan Ellis
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