Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Best trade wind rig for an Amel 55

gavin <gavingilmorelodge@...>

Thanks Bill, please see responses in your text.



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Sent: 22 August 2017 14:02
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Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Best trade wind rig for an Amel 55





Once you head West at some point after the Canaries, my experience is that most of your wind will be between 150 Port and 150 Stbd. If you had a Mizzen staysail, it would be used at 90 degrees. My guess is your chute and code zero will not be too happy at this point of sail

, unless poled-out We were thinking of poling-out the genoa to windward and using the Code 0 on the other side when not blanketed by the main.

Your Atlantic crossing should be mostly downwind. You will likely experience opposing swell from NE and SW. Thanks for the warning



I have sailed a 55. You should have both a User's and Owner's manual. We only have the document titled “Amel 55 Owner’s manual” which makes no reference to sail or rigging configurations. We’ll ask Amel if they can provide a “User’s manual”, thanks for the tip.  Many of your questions can be answered by reading the manual and practice. I would estimate 3-5 days of practice in setting the pole, WOW! That’s harder than expected, we’ll try it asap  but remember the sea conditions on your passage will be more challenging. It is possible that you will cross the Atlantic with wind between +/- 150 degrees, no main, the genoa poled out and the mizzen on a preventer

(mizzen when wind is at 150 degrees or less),

which came with your 55. We haven’t found an identifiable mizzen preventer on board. This a pre-owned 55 from 2012.  We crossed with an Amel 55 and finished only 1 hour behind because the 55 crew couldn't set the pole. BTW, overall, out of 30 boats, the 55 finished first, we were second, and another SM third. All the other brand boats finished later, including an Amel Maramu which stopped for a few days in Verdes. 

The 55 would have done much better if the crew had practiced setting the pole. Got it!


You ask about chafe on pole lines, but have you considered the halyards? I recommend dropping all sails and possibly cutting about a foot from the top end of the halyard. The very top of that 

halyard gets chafe from the sheaves and UV damage from the sun...don't cross an ocean without inspection. We’re on it, thank you


My advice to you is not to cross with the ARC, rather cross with the founder of the ARC, Jimmy Cornell, in his Atlantic Odyssey

. The ARC will have 275 boats while Jimmy has a maximum of


50 boats

because he wants to limit the size


The reputation of the ARC was established by Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC and Atlantic Odyssey.


Atlantic Odyssey has many

 other advantages including less than half the cost. Let me know if you want more information on the Atlantic Odyssey. I’ll check with the skipper if there is flexibility but thanks very much for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience.


Your advice is much appreciated.





CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970




On Aug 22, 2017 4:49 AM, "Gavin Shaw gavingilmorelodge@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


We hope to cross this year with the ARC on an Amel 55 from 2012.


We are completely new to the boat and have not sailed an Amel before. We would therefore really appreciate advice from Amel 55 owners with ocean experience, particularly on these topics.

1.       The ideal trade wind rig with the apparent wind below 15 knots and the best reduced sail plan with a stronger wind. In addition to the standard cutter rig we have a cruising chute and a Code 0 on board.

2.       Any tips on setting up the pole for long term running to minimise chafe and wear on the pole and fittings?

3.       How best to rig a preventer on the mizzen boom when running?

4.       Should we consider a mizzen staysail, if so how best to rig it on the 55 which doesn’t seem to be set up for one?

5.       When should we use the forward staysail and whether it is safe to rig the running backstays with a tackle and integral jamming cleat like a sailing dinghy mainsheet? (To avoid blocking the secondary winch on the windward side)

6.       I don’t think we have a storm jib or trysail but imagine we should use the forward staysail and deeply reefed main in heavy weather. Do we need additional heavy weather sails?

7.       Our fridge and freezer are not working properly. The freezer struggles to reach -5C and the fridge achieves no cooling at all.They are Frigoboat units with keel coolers, made by Veco. The boat is currently in Golfe Juan where the local service company seem unable to fix them. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Many thanks for experienced input on any of these topics.




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