Navy 44 Sailing Guides

RIGGING STORM SAILS

Safety Considerations:

(1) DO NOT rig the inner forestay without also rigging running backstays.

(2) Keep in mind that there will be enormous forces acting on the rig during conditions when these sails will be rigged.

(3) Ensure the tackline of the trysail is secured to prevent the sail from being hoisted off the luff track.

(4) Depending on conditions, safety harnesses will probably be required.

(5) Once the mainsail is lowered, ensure positive control of the boom is maintained at all times.

 

General Situation:

Assume high winds and heavy seas.

 

Required Positions:

 

Sequence of Events:

(1) Rig the inner forestay.

(2) Rig one large snatch block on the port and starboard toe rail just aft of the midships stanchion and one small snatch block on the port and starboard toe rail between the primary and secondary winches.

(3) Hank on the storm jib to the inner forestay and attach the topping lift to the head.

(4) Lead the attached jib sheets outboard the shrouds, through the large snatch blocks and turning blocks to the primary winches.

(5) Bend on the trysail to the luff track located just to port of the mainsail luff track.  Ensure the stopper is secured to prevent the slides from dropping off the track.

(6) Lead the attached sheets over the boom and through the large sheaves of the spreecher blocks to the secondary winches.  If you will be close hauled, lead the sheets inboard of the stern pulpit; if you will be reaching off, lead the sheet outboard of the stern pulpit before leading them through the

spreecher blocks.

(7) Attach the main halyard to the trysail head.  ENSURE THAT THE HALYARD DOES NOT GET LOOSE WHILE TRANSFERRING IT FROM THE MAIN TO THE TRYSAIL.

(8) Lead the running backstay tails through the small snatch blocks to the primary winches.

(9) Hoist the jib and sheet to the leeward primary winch.

(10) Trim the windward running backstay with the windward primary winch and cleat.  If you will be heaving to, trim the windward running backstay with the windward secondary winch.

(11) When main is lowered, move the boom outboard with the traveler.  Secure the boom using heavy line.

(12) Hoist the trysail until the tack just clears the mainsail head.  ENSURE THE TACK LINE IS SECURED TO THE TACKHORN ON THE BOOM.  DO NOT OVER HOIST THE TRYSAIL OR IT WILL COME OFF THE TRACK.  Trim the trysail sheet to the leeward secondary winch, or trim both sheets to get clew closer to the middle of the boat.

- This page last updated 05/04/2005 -