Zanshin I Sails

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Storms sail inspection I'm inspecting the storm sails on the beach at the Sand Box on Prickly Pear in the BVI prior to re-packing them in their bags and putting them back in the sail locker on Zanshin I
Storms sail inspection
Storms sails packed away Storms sails packed away
Storms sails packed away
Departing the Baths Sailing from the Baths on Virgin Gorda in the BVI to Trellis Bay on Beef Island. I used only the genoa on this short and downwind run.
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Departing the Baths
Looking through the Slot Looking through the so-called "Slot" between the mainsail and the genoa, which generates a lot of the upwind sailing power of modern sloop rigged sailboats.
Looking through the Slot
Boo Tiger Gennaker

In nautical circles, to which you, as a reader of these pages, now belong to by association, the term “suit of sails” is used to mean the collection of sails that a boat carries. Zanshin I's suit of sails is limited compared to that of a racing boat, who used to carry so many different sails for various conditions that the rules had to be amended to give an upper limit to the number that could be carried aboard . Zanshin I has a large genoa foresail that is on a roller-furling mechanism and can be shortened (or “reefed”) according to the wind and sea state. The mainsail is also a roller-furling sail and is rolled into the mast, also allowing for quick and easy reefing. The main disadvantage of roller reefing is that it tends to distort the sail shapes and thus decreases their efficiency. This is an acceptable loss of performance for me - I'm not racing anywhere; one of the features that lets me comfortably handle a large vessel such as Zanshin I alone is the roller-furling mechanism. If all goes well (and it has so far), I never have to leave the comparative safety of the cockpit to put a reef in a sail.

In storm conditions the forward sail can only be reefed so far before losing most of it's shape and thus it's power. For this reason Zanshin I has a removable inner forestay to which yet another sail can be attached (or “hanked on”, as the old salts say). This sail is much smaller in area than the large genoa, the inner forestay top starts quite a way down the top of the mast and attaches to the same hard points forward that the normal genoa does. The forestay is removable so that it doesn't get in the way of the normal genoa when that is used (which is 99.9% of the time), it is held off to the port side of the mast when not in use. To this forestay I have two different storm trysails which I can hank on, these are very solidly built sails in fluorescent colors (this is a SOLAS recommendation to make it easier to see when finding/rescuing a ship). When running downwind, the inner forestay and sail can be used to catch more wind and thus get more speed, but it does take a while to set up and I haven't used it for this purpose yet. I suppose when I am at sea with thousands of miles ahead of me and a weather pattern scheduled to last for several days I will set this up, but for a simple day or 2 day sail the effort is just too much for one person.

The final sail that I have is a genaker, this is a specialized downwind sail that is a mix between the genoa and a spinnaker. The genaker has the advantage that it is easy to set up and control (unlike the spinnaker) and can be used even when the boat is not going almost directly downwind. It is smaller and thus less powerful than a full spinnaker, but is therefore less likely to overpower and broach the ship if the wind picks up suddenly. I've set up the lines and checked out my genaker and the whisker pole for it, but haven't had the chance to use it yet, since it is usually only set up when the winds are light and so far I've had conditions in the trade wind belt that were just too strong for this sail.

Zanshin I's sails Zanshin I's sails
Zanshin I's sails
Looking up Zanshin I's mast Looking up Zanshin I's mast
Looking up Zanshin I's mast
Looking aft along the Genoa Looking aft along the Genoa
Looking aft along the Genoa
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