Well, the work on the jib is a success. Instead of buying a twised shackle, I just stuck another old shackle I had on the bottom of the pile to turn things through 90 degrees. It lifted everything up another inch which is no bad thing.
|The bottom of the Jib is now clear of the pulpit rail. If you look at the bottom of the sail you can see where the pulpit rail used to interfere with the sail.|
I've added an old picture that shows the pulpit interfering with the jib:
Regarding the main sail, it looks like the new kicker/vang has done what I needed it to do and allow me to put more tension in the main sail and flatten it.
|There are still creases, but the sail performs 100% better|
Straight away as I hauled on the kicker you could see it pull the boom down parallel and put that important tension into the sail. Along with the mods to the downhaul I can see a complete difference in the sail from what it was like when I first had a go at sailing Sprite back in April/May.
Now we were comfortably keeping up with the dinghy sailors on the upwind legs although downwind they hauled up their spinnakers and romped away. But the difference in drive from the sails is amazing for such small and relatively cheap changes.
So the plan is now to get used to how the boat handles in higher wind speeds over the next few months.
The other change from previous sails is the amount of space in the cockpit. The shorter tiller made another huge difference and at no time did me and Jim struggle for space.
The rope pockets also made a big difference, keeping the cockpit a lot tidier. I might get another pocket for the transom for the main sheet. The only untidy lines in the cockpit now are the jib sheets, but of course when tacking they get used a whole lot more.
|A happy and relaxed sailor.|