I don't 'normally' work Mondays but have done so for the last three, but that's another story. I left work at 4pm to call into our local marina to see, believe it or not, a man about a boat. Met and discussed with him a course of action and then got collared by another three customers! Result? Home after 6pm and still Tuesday's blog to write. Arrived home and Jen greeted me with the words "Power cut today, no internet and your dinner's in the dog!" I had been expecting her to say "Good day in the sail loft? Have poured you a glass of wine and dinner's on the table". My blogs are written on my ancient iPad then, after Jen has corrected my spelling, grammar and punctuation (which I blame on my dyslexia) it's sent through to boss man Andy for final approval and editing before being sent to Claire to add all the images and transform it into the blog which gets sent out on Tuesday. Last night's was written on the iPad, corrected then screenshotted and texted through to Andy for him to type out again before sending on. It's great when things go to plan but if not, do you have an escape route to get yourself out of trouble?
In the last 2 weeks we have sold 4 Storm Bags to participants in this year's ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to the Carribean). The Storm Bag is a very clever storm sail which is very easy to deploy should you get caught out. The beauty of the Storm Bag is it is very cost effective and efficient. Why? There is no need to strengthen the foredeck to take the load of an inner forestay, nor purchase one and the appropriate tensioner or modify the mast by fitting a tang to take it. No need to worry about the extra weight and windage! No need to spend 30 minutes or more on the foredeck attaching and tensioning the stay, hanking on the storm jib and leading the sheets aft. And finally no need to worry about the genoa unfurling at the height of the storm as the genoa is encapsulated by the Storm Bag. But and it’s a big but, by deploying a Storm Bag around a fully furled genoa its unique design of a sleeve makes for much improved performance over a conventional sail deployed directly behind a ‘rolled headsail’.
STORM BAG SIZE GUIDE:
* In the absence of regulations, this table gives a recommended STORM-BAG ® for a given length of vessel. The development of each model was based on an average boat profile for each category. It is the responsibility of the user to select the sail which is best suited to their particular vessel. Bespoke sails can be manufactured upon request - contact us with your requirements.