VIDEO – The secrets of sails and the right maintenance


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sails maintenance

The secrets of sails, and proper maintenance are the topic of the new video-episode of SAIL School, in which we go inside the sailmaker’s shop to meet Roberto Westermann, a famous sailmaker from Chiavari with many ocean and Mediterranean sailings to his credit. We understand how panel sails are constructed, how they are structured, where they are most worn, and when they need to be repaired.

The secrets of sails, explained by the sailmaker: maintenance

Sun rays and salt spray are the worst enemies of your sailing equipment. In this video, Roberto Westermann explains the secrets and the proper maintenance to do to protect them from the elements and how to store them during the winter .

  • Disarm the sails at least once a year, and wash them with fresh water
  • Always keep the sail in the shade, the mainsail should be well stowed in the easy-bag, and the genoa or jib, should have a generous anti-UV band.
  • Do not keep the genoa halyard and mainsail base under tension.
  • The genoa meoli should be let go before winding.
  • If the sails are folded, they should be folded randomly, to avoid having the fold always in the same place.

Fourteenth video episode of SAIL School.

Today’s video, as well as all previous episodes of SAIL School, are available on the SAIL Newspaper youtube channel there are both beginners and experts!





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