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14639Re: gaff rig running backstays

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  • Rob Rohde-Szudy
    Apr 1, 2007
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      I think you'd have to be in some pretty serious wind before this became an important consideration - far beyond what most of us are likely to find enjoyable.

      As an example, the Aussies who raced a light schooner like mine endured WAAAAAAAY more high wind and high water than I'd ever want to, in pursuit of trophies. They never needed a running backstay, and they had on downwind run, mostly surfing, where the averaged like 16 knots! I'm thinking that if a 3.5" freestanding softwood mast stands up to that, the rest of us are pretty safe.

      Hey, I see you ARE in Australia! Check out http://www.ace.net.au/schooner/INDEX.HTM. Tim Fatchen is the guy. He doesn't seem to answer email on his site anymore, but maybe you're close? (Closer than me, anyhow!)

      --Rob


      gaff rig running backstays
      Posted by: "Chris" julie_chris@... juliechris1
      Date: Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:51 am ((PDT))

      with the freestanding mast would it be an idea
      to have running backstays for when you are sailing down wind.
      There tends to be a lot of pressure put on the mast with a gaff rig
      when sailing down wind.
      Has any one any ideas from actual sailing experience.


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