Sails and Rig

Bluesipp is sloop rigged with an inner forestay stowed on the mast.
The Furlex roller reefing uses a twin grooved  extrusion.
This arrangement provides great flexibility in all wind conditions.
Sail details are on the Basic Specification page (in the left margin).

In this picture the working jib is on the inner forestay with a genoa  poled to starboard.

There are two poles stowed on the mast rigged to give simple jibing or running under twin genoas. We found in practice that running under main and genoa was marginally quicker and had the advantage of reduced rolling.

The telescopic pole, here rigged to port, taking us peacefully into the sunset.

And here with a little more wind and swell. This also shows the "horse" attachment on the grab rail - we usually have it folded forward out of the way.

The dinghy, which we always keep inflated and securely stowed on deck, provides a comfortable and secure seat for working the sails. The line which runs from the "pushpit" to the shrouds is our "jack-stay" or life line, also a great support when going forward.

The main is fully battened with three slab reefs. Nowadays it stows inside the stacking coat which is supported by the lazy jack system.  The coat was fitted in Thailand and is remarkably convenient, sail-ties are almost never needed.

 In this photo  Bluesipp is single handed with the main ready to go when we duck into an anchorage around the next headland (Southern Red Sea).

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