We recently sent out a seamanship and navigation email newsletter with info about trysails. We got some great feedback, including this response from Butch Ulmer, Former Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club:
“Good article about trysails. Here are a couple of additions your readers might be interested in.
- Sheeting the trysail to the main boom put’s the mainsheet trimming hardware to work and leaves your cockpit winches free to do other jobs.
- Use one of your mainsail reef lines to sheet the trysail to the boom and once the trysail is sheeted home, tie a safety line through the clew and around the boom (2 or 3 turns) just in case.
- Bring the trysail track down the mast to 12-18” off the deck. You can bend the trysail on before you leave the dock and it can live there in its bag while you’re offshore.
- If you have enough warning of an impending storm, you can take your mainsail off the boom and store it below.
- The trysail tack should have two pendants, one to control the height of the trysail, one to tie around the mast.
- The trysail should be made using Storm Orange material so it can be more easily seen from the air.
- The trysail should have two slides in close proximity to each other at the head and tack.
“A good, solid inner forestay arrangement is the jib rig for heavy weather. A hanked-on forestaysail can be followed by a hanked-on storm jib. Much safer than working out at the stem and the hanked-on sails are always under control.”