Amel Forstay and Furler removal.


Hi all,
I have to service the genoa furler on my Mango #70 and I am having difficulty getting the tension off the forestay. I have released pressure on the mizzen back stays and the main mast backstay but there still seems to be too much tension on the forestay to remove the pin. I have removed the 8 x 6mm blind rivets and the furling foil is free and tied up with the halyard.
Is there something I am missing in my procedure? I have read Craig's instructions from SV Sangaris and feel the tension on the forestay may make reassembly difficult.
Any help would be great.

Mango #70
Raymond Island