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Old Jul 14, 2010, 10:06 PM
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Eeeew leeches!

Ok, in the case of squares, the leeches are the sides of the sail. British and American warships seem to have favored straight leeches - ie, a straight run from clew to earring. Every French image I've seen of topsails (attached) have scalloped leeches, ie, an inward curving cut from clew to earring.

This will obviously put tension on the leech and stiffen it.

Your other option is working bowlines.

BTW: Is the main bracing as far as the fore when braced hard over? If it's as far as it will go, you could cause the fore to brace a little less.

Also, your fore-n-aft sails will hold wind up into the 45-40 area while the squares are working up to around 55-50 at best - closer to 60. That means you can ease the jibs and stays'l and still be good close hauled - especially that stays'l.
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