The question of how to reef a Sage has been asked recently so I am re-posting this description.
Simply stated reefing needs to be quick and easy. To reef a Sage 17, Sage 15 or SageCat takes less than 30 seconds.
As Spring has come conversations among sailors has increased. One topic that has been batted around is reefing. For those reading that are not sailors reefing is reducing the size of the boats sails in response to the wind speed increasing. The smaller sail catches less wind and the boat heels less (until the wind increases more and you need to reduce, reef, the sails to an even smaller size).
The above video is of Sage 17 AIR BORN sailing in winds blowing 25+ knots. I have double reefed the main and the headsail is a storm jib.
Reefing is a ‘must know’ skill for the sailor. Sadly I feel that most folks don’t know how to efficiently, or effectively, reef their boat’s sails. For a sailboat the size of a Sage 17 (ie, 17′ long) reefing should take less then a minute and optimally less than thirty…
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