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Old Feb 02, 2013, 03:42 PM
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Should you wish to experiment with the shorter sail plan there are a couple of approaches I might suggest.

The first one consists of simply ordering such a suit from your favorite sailmaker and making sure he/she has the dimensional information that is provided below. The second is to modify an existing suit of kit sails and hoist them onto the existing mast. Some may wish to order a replacement suit from the manufacturer upon which to do the modification.

This approach will give you a single panel suit that will reduce heeling and weather helming tendencies in the higher wind ranges, that is coupled with some loss of power as the single panel suits do not have the built in cambered shape that aftermarket sails are likely to have. However, it is a cost effective way to decide if the shorter configuration is going to provide the appropriate change in performance that your sailing conditions require.

The sail dimensions I recommend are provided below as a contribution to the continuing growth and development of what may become a VELA Class.

Mainsail: Jib:
Luff 46.5" 38 3/4"
Leech 49" 37"
Foot 15 5/8" 13 3/8" (Not Changed)
Leech roach 1 5/8" 1/2" (Mainsail max. 15" down)
Head 1" 1/2"
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