Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: trip around the horn

Geoffrey Tyers <geoffrey_tyers@...>

While delivering my recently aquired Sharki from
Florida to Charleston the main sail, 50% reefed in a
I35-40 kt squall was ripped and shredded. This came as
a surprise as the Surveyor had prononced the sail to
be in good condition.
I mention this to restate the need for U.V. protection
not only on the head sail but also on the leech of
both the Main and Mizzen. Upon investigation it was
determined that the wide throat in the mast allows the
sun to weaken that part of the sail exposed and whilst
the bulk of the sail is protected the leach is slowly
being rotted away. In my case the leach ripped and the
strong winds took over from this weakness. The bright
side is I now have a wonderfull new main for less than
2 "boat units". They even installed the logo
--- Philippe Guyot <baligand@...> wrote:
Hello Eric & Stephan,

Very interesting
discussion.Could Eric let
me know what a foam luff is. I also added an UV
protection to the genoa but
it seems that the added weight make the luff vibrate
a lot in 25 Knots + and
inascapabily so when reefed. But I must admit this
was already the case
before only it took higher wind. No amount of fine
tuning the sail has
helped alleviate the problem. Have you experienced
the same problem and
found solutions.

We are currently at
Fort Lauderdale and will
be headed for Central America and Panama.

Philippe Guyot
Baligand SM 245
----- Original Message -----
From: Stephan Regulinski <stephreg@...>
To: <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 10:04 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: trip around the


I forgot to add something you may already know about
being poled out
in heavy weather. Although you can reef the genoa
down to a scrap
while still poled out, there is the danger that pole
will get dipped
in the ocean as you role. This has happened to me
twice and it
results in the pole being thrown violently back
alongside the boat
(chipping the gelcoat on the rub rail). The violent
motion is a like
an accidental jibe.

Amel says that you can raise the pole about a meter
as weather
deteriates and can cleat the foreguy (the blue line)
on the cleat
just aft of the Lewmar turning block. This reduces
the length of the
line from pole to cleat and therefore the length of
stretch thus
reducing the chance of the pole being thrown back.
I have yet to try
this second idea. Our procedure now is to raise the
pole and if roll
worsens, bring the pole to the rail and fly the
genoa without the

We like having the pole attached but alongside in
bad weather as it
makes a heavy-duty hand rail if you need to go up to
the mast.
Another Amel owner told me that he would attach his
poles in heavy
weather for just this purpose, whether or not he
intended to pole out.

We just sailed from The Gambia to Cape Verdes. I am
in Amsterdam on
business and when I return, we cross the Atlantic to
St. Vincent. We
spent the last three plus years since buying Delos
in the Med,
Atlantic cost of Europe, various Atlantic islands
and some of West

Where are you now? Are you headed for the horn?


--- In amelyachtowners@..., kimberlite
I forgot to ask-where are you located?

-----Original Message-----
From: kimberlite [mailto:kimberlt@o...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 9:03 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: trip around
the horn

Dear Stephan,
I have the ATN sail and as you mentioned it is a
little cumbersome.
Next time I will keep it in the cockpit locker
instead of the sail
locker. It gets a little wet up there.
I had my sailmaker add a foam luff and UV
protection to my genoa.
foam luff makes a big difference when the sail is
Fair winds,
Eric SM 376 Kimberlite.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephan Regulinski [mailto:stephreg@y...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 1:50 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: trip around the


We have been in 45+ winds on several occasions.
Upwind, we are
happiest with our ATN storm jib plus a little
mizzen to balance the
sail plan. If you use the Genoa in these
conditions you will have
reef pretty deep and the sail shape not so good.
Off the wind, we
have used the ATN and at other times, the genoa
reefed to whatever
point it takes to keep boat speed in control.
Both work. A note
the ATN storm gib. Like reefing, put this sail up
when you first
think about it. It is a little uncomfortable
attaching this sail
heavy weather.

Stephan ("Delos" SMM303)

--- In amelyachtowners@...,
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
Does anyone know of an amel that has made the
trip around the
secondly what do you do on a s/m when the wind
get above 45 knots.
sm 376 kimberlite

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