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 Post subject: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:41 am 
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Good day to all!!
I'm new in this community and first at all I would be thanks to all for your important contributions. (sorry for my poor English language.. :( )

I searching some tips about fold a IT sail but i find nothing.
Someone have any tips or video to this operation??

Yesterday my mast crash in front in my eyes in a 10 knots wind, I start to investigate the causes and in process to replace it, bu now I need a good way to pack away my sail.

Thank you so much in advance!!


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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:39 am 
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Typically you would remove the battens. Then you would fold accordion style starting from the foot working your way to the head. Here is a good video. This is folding a standard mainsail but it should be similar for a TI sail, you might just start from the luff and work your way to the clew.
https://youtu.be/Z4ixIBk24qQ

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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:02 am 
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TI_Tom wrote:
Typically you would remove the battens. Then you would fold accordion style starting from the foot working your way to the head. Here is a good video. This is folding a standard mainsail but it should be similar for a TI sail, you might just start from the luff and work your way to the clew.
https://youtu.be/Z4ixIBk24qQ

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Thank you for you suggestion Tom!!
I have only one doubt.... IT sail i'ts made with same material?? Nothing happen with sail's transparent area (kevlar and carbon area) if I fold the sail in this way?? This part of sail seems very rigid....


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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:09 am 
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The main sections of the sail is dacron, which is a typical sail material. The clear section is Mylar. If you were to fold the sail in a similar fashion as the main sail and genoa in the video the flakes should fold on top of the mylar section. Then you would roll it from luff to clew. The Mylar is used to being furled around the mast.

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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:47 am 
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I would fold it in half then roll it.


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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:51 am 
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TI_Tom wrote:
The main sections of the sail is dacron, which is a typical sail material. The clear section is Mylar. If you were to fold the sail in a similar fashion as the main sail and genoa in the video the flakes should fold on top of the mylar section. Then you would roll it from luff to clew. The Mylar is used to being furled around the mast.

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Perfect Tom, thank you so much!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:52 am 
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Defy wrote:
I would fold it in half then roll it.


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Well thank you Defy, I try both way this evening... :)


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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:30 pm 
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The best way is to roll the sail around a pipe, that way you don’t get any creases, creases permanently damage a sail and slow the airflow over the surface. I used to race on the international Laser circuit and we always rolled our sails.


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 Post subject: Re: Folding a sail
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 4:24 pm 
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TI_Tom wrote:
Typically you would remove the battens.

That may be best for a TI, but I am exploring the frontiers of lazyness with my 4 small sail rigs (and a new 5th currently airborne between London and LA). I don't remove battens or even loosen them, but accordion them in spite of non parallelness and having to force a now longer sail into a too small bag. So far all look like they may last my lifetime without showing signs of wear, except possibly the all mylar one,

There is one exception of some stubby high tension flexi battens that only span the luff - a clever rig that gives a blunt curve at the start of the airfoil, which is carried rearward by conventional straightish battens. I will take another look to see if I can leave them in place but de-tensioned for folding. I became allergic to batten handling with an old hang glider that had about 20 sticky battens to fuss with.

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