14639Re: gaff rig running backstays
- Apr 1, 2007I 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!)
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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