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What better way to get excited for what 2021 has in store by taking a look back at our favourite articles from 2020.

The top five articles from Quantum Sails sites are listed below. They cover a range of useful topics including solo sailing, with our own Yannick Lemonnier from Quantum Sails Ireland.

Other articles cover sail recuts, custom graphics, family sailing and Code 0 use.

For all your sail needs for 2021, be sure to contact us for some advice or a quote. Contact details below for Mark Mansfield and Yannick Lemonnier from Quantum Sails Ireland


Short-handed sailing played a big role in many adventures this year, from cruising with a partner to racing single-handed around the world. Quantum's Yannick Lemonnier shares his expertise, tips, and tricks. Getting started with your short-handed sailing here.


Are you having a hard time pointing? Overpowered due to stretched or bagged out sails? Precision recuts extend the life of your sails, and now is the perfect time to learn about the process or schedule service.
What You Need to Know About Recuts here


Make a statement in 2021! Custom sail graphics can be applied to any new or old, upwind or downwind sail, no matter if they're Dacron, nylon, or Quantum Fusion M. Check out the article below to learn how simple the process is and for some inspiration when creating your own design! Custom Sail Graphics are Easier & Cheaper than you think here


Now is the perfect time to plan your 2021 adventures. Here are some reminders to help keep it fun and create lasting memories while sailing with your family. Sailing as a Family here


Code Zeros are all the rave, and for good reason. They're easy to control, extremely useful, practical, and available for both racers and cruisers. Quantum's Dave Flynn gives insight and details why these sails should be part of your sail plan. Code Zero: Light-Air, Close-Reaching Powerhouse Sail here 

For further information contact:

Mark Mansfield [email protected] ph 00 353 87 250 6838
Yannick Lemonnier [email protected] Ph 00 353 87 628 9854

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Mark Mansfield, Quantum Sails agent Ireland reports that with Covid-19 numbers reducing, there is additional confidence that some of the early and mid-summer regattas may go ahead.

Events like Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, commencing the 9th of June and the Sovereigns Cup on the 23rd of June could still make the Covid-19 cut.

However, this is also the busiest time for sail manufacturing so spinnaker orders could still make Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (just), whereas main and headsail orders will likely be delivered later and can still make July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Our Top Level Fusion Membrane sail delivery is now the end of June for sails ordered now.

J/99 going upwind with Quantum Fusion Membrane sailsJ/99 going upwind with Quantum Fusion Membrane sails Photo: Quantum Sails

Cruising sails orders have been busy all season and our Contender CDX laminated Option for Radial Upwind sails is the most popular choice for our Clients. A bit more expensive than Dacron, but it will hold a good shape for a lot longer.

Delivery for sails such as these are now out to the end of June for Delivery, so still in time for Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

For further information or enquiries, please contact Mark Mansfield—Quantum sails Ireland Agent at Ph—087 250 6838 E mail—[email protected]

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Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland announces that a new 10% Spring discount is now available on Quantum sails ordered up to the 15th of April. Also with the VAT rate scheduled to revert back to the original 23% on the 28th of Feb, Boat owners have an opportunity to purchase sails at the 21% VAT rate until that 28th Feb date. After that, unfortunately, unless the Government extends the VAT reduction, sails will be sold at the 23% rate.

Delivery dates on new sails are now ten weeks approximately from order due to the very high demand this year, so a sail ordered at the end of February will not arrive till mid-May. If owners are looking for new sails for their racing or cruising boats, now is the perfect time to order.

Cruising sailors

For cruising boat owners, our Contender CDX sails are proving very popular for owners looking for a laminate long-lasting option that will hold its shape better than Dacron and not cost the earth. A step above that then is our Fusion M6 Membrane which is a Carbon Aramid material and we have just received in a 42 footer Main and Headsail in the loft for an owner who both races and cruises.

CDX mainsail for a 40-footer being examined in the Quantum loft in Galway. A laminate sail in a lovely Grey colour (white also available).CDX mainsail for a 40-footer being examined in the Quantum loft in Galway. A laminate sail in a lovely Grey colour (white also available).

Fusion M6 Mainsail for a 42 footer being checked over in our Galway loft. Carbon Aramid sail suitable for Both Racing and CruisingFusion M6 Mainsail for a 42 footer being checked over in our Galway loft. Carbon Aramid sail suitable for Both Racing and Cruising 

Racing sailors

For the racing sailor, our Fusion Carbon M5 sails for boats up to 40 foot are proving popular. Above that size the higher-spec Fusion M7 carbon sails are the material of choice. Both options are Top-end sails and are priced very competitively.

A Fusion M5 mainsail on the Half Tonner, Miss WhiplashA Fusion M5 mainsail on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash

A Fusion M5 Headsail on First 35 being sail trialled in DublinA Fusion M5 Headsail on First 35 being sail trialled in Dublin

Downwind sails

We have just delivered 2 Asymmetric spinnakers to a top J109 owner in Dublin and these will be sail trialled shortly when Covid restrictions allow. The sails in Superkote material are designed in the same Mould as the winning sails in the last 5 years US J109 Nationals.

Code 0's are now a must-have for racing owners, particularly those doing coastal and offshore racing. However, the cruising fraternity have now become volume Code, 0 buyers, as the ease of launching and retrieving is a big advantage. The code 0 would be rolled on a furler and launched and retrieved without fuss. The latest Cableless range also allows the halyard to be eased when broad reaching allowing the sail to become deeper. This gives the cruising sailor a better range of options and some even dispensing with conventional spinnakers.

Code Zero with StaysailCode Zero with Staysail

Flying Jibs

Recent IRC changes still allow a Flying Jib to be flown from a bowsprit as long as the Flying Jib is the same size as the boats normal Jib. This does not affect the rating. We have just received our first order for such a sail and will be trialling it shortly. A flying Jib is very suitable when there is too much wind for a code 0 when reaching. This flying jib can be set with another Jib inside it or a Staysail and can be a race winner if the right condition presents itself.

Contact Quantum sails agent Mark Mansfield to discuss any sail requirement you may have. Phone 00 353 87 2506838 or [email protected]

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Meet Yannick and Sean Lemonnier, Galway Bay's father-son shorthanded offshore sailing duo. Yannick is the owner of Quantum Sails Ireland and is preparing for the 2021 Mini Transat Race.

He has been sharing his passion with Sean for years and the two have spent some unforgettable moments together on the water.

As regular Afloat readers will recall, the duo – with a hat-trick under their belts – are the reigning champions in the Cong-Galway Race, Ireland’s oldest and Europe’s longest inland yacht race. 

Learn more about their favourite offshore adventures in the Quantum vid below.

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A number of Irish owners have recently opted for the New Fusion M6 and M8 Membrane sails, built with Carbon. The first of these for an X332 has arrived at the Quantum Sails Galway loft. Another Main and Headsail is due in for a 42 footer for an owner who mainly races but occasionally cruises. Quantum sails agent Mark Mansfield highlights the Membrane products Quantum offers and, in particular, it's M6/M8 product for cruiser racing and cruising.

Why a Membrane sail?

All the top sail producers now offer membrane sails as their top-level product. A membrane sail, unlike a radial sail, is built and designed specifically for an individual boat and client. The load-bearing requirements are designed and laid up online for that individual boat and then transferred to the membrane laminating machines which produce each panel. With a Radial sail, the cloth, though high tech, comes in rolls and is laid up in larger panels to mirror the load bearing. They are good, but not as good as a membrane layup.

Quantum Fusion M8 main and headsail, showing both the Cruising and racing potentialQuantum Fusion M8 main and headsail, showing both the Cruising and racing potential Photo: Quantum Sails

If you are an owner who only cruises, a Carbon Membrane sail will hold its shape far longer than a radial sail which will mean it doesn't get baggy with use causing the boat to become overpowered. It can be used very effectively with a Furler and would likely have a UV protective strip so it can stay permanently up the furling system.

If you are mainly a club racer, then likewise this M6/M8 Carbon sail will provide nearly the performance of our full race sails, but can also then be used for cruising easily, due to its stronger layup. Add to that our competitive pricing levels compared to many of our opposition and you can see how the Fusion product is growing in popularity.

Quantum also have their Fusion M5 and M7 ranges of membrane Carbon racing sails which would be built lighter than the M6/M8. The M6 and M8 have the same layup Membrane system, except with extra fibre and a heavier external light taffeta skin for less chafe and longer life.

Quantum Fusion M5 racing main on the top Half Tonner, Miss WhiplashQuantum Fusion M5 racing main on the top Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash Photo: Mark Mansfield

An X332 mainsail on the Quantum loft floor in GalwayAn X332 mainsail on the Quantum loft floor in Galway Photo: Yannick Lemonnier

Contact myself or Yannick today for a quote on any of our Membrane Products, either Fusion M6/M8 for Cruising/racing or our M5/M7 for pure racing. We can assure you that our pricing and service levels will impress you.

Mark Mansfield—Quantum Ireland: [email protected] ph. 00 353 87 250 6838

Yannick Lemonnier—Quantum Ireland 00 353 87 628 9854 [email protected]

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Mark Mansfield, Professional sailor and agent for Quantum Sails goes through what options are available on rope and which to use in various circumstances

Rope is one of the most used items on race boats, along with sails.

Rope material has changed a lot in recent years and many owners are confused about what to buy.

Here is a guide to the available options.

There are many suppliers of performance rope worldwide. Some of the Most popular would be Marlow (UK), Liros (Germany), Gottifredi Maffioli (Italy), and Premier Ropes (Holland).

Rope Materials


If you go back 30 or 40 years, all ropes were made from Polyester, which would stretch up to 3 or 4 %, so a halyard for a 35-footer, which was approximately 20 metres in length when the sail was hoisted, could stretch 600mm. Much of this stretch was taken out by winding it out with a winch, but still, some stretch/creep came later and as a result wrinkles appeared. It was impossible to set the halyard exactly if you wanted to get optimum sail shape. However the sails also were mainly made of Dacron, so the cloth itself was also moving a lot.

There are still many newer better Polyester ropes in existence which have less stretch than the polyester of previous years which would be suitable for cruising boats that do not mind a little stretch on the luff.

On larger boats, wire was even used on sheets and guys to limit stretch.

Vectran, PBO and Kevlar

  • Kevlar has been used in rope in the past but is quite brittle and does not handle UV well. It is difficult to cut so was not generally successful as rope for racing yachts.
  • Vectran is still used in some rope making, particularly where high heat resistance is required.
  • PBO—used primarily for rigging where flexibility is not required, such as backstays

Dyneema cascade backstayDyneema cascade backstay

Dyneema Rope

Dyneema is the most popular rope used nowadays for yacht racing. Dyneema was a complete breakthrough. It is generally broken down into 3 Dyneema options.

  • SK38
  • Sk99
  • Sk78


Popular for cruising boats where the stretch of Polyester is not acceptable but where they are not prepared to go with the pricing levels of SK 78 or SK 99.

SK 99

Really top of the line low stretch. This would be the rope of choice for large high-end race boats. It would be approximately. 40% stronger than SK78 and used for a boat's ultra-strength bearing needs such as Code 0 halyards, Tack lines and perhaps even headsail halyards. On average, it would be about 70% more expensive than SK78. Stretch level would be less than 1%

Hugo Boss Open 60 with all rope, mainly SK99, leading back inside the cockpitAlex Thomson's Hugo Boss Open 60 with all rope, mainly SK99, leading back inside the cockpit

SK 78

The vast majority of Dyneema rope used in yacht racing would be SK78. It would have a stretch level of less than 1.5% and would be used for sheets, halyards, control lines etc... The breaking load is still extremely high and in reality, the rope size needed is often based on the correct size for grip rather than the stretch or breaking loads. For instance, a spinnaker sheet on a 35 footer would normally be 10mm whereas 8mm would be strong enough. 10mm is more popular as it is easier to handle. 10mm would have a breaking strength of about 5000kgs. The breaking load can even be higher if a strong cover such as Technora is used.

Covers, Stripping of Outer cover, splicing, Soft shackles


Dyneema can have different cover options that can affect the performance and strength of the rope. The majority of Dyneema will have a Polyester cover to help with chafe and assist in winch and clutch holding. However extra strength and chafe resistance can be had by adding covers such as Technora or Vectran. A full Technora cover can add 20% to the breaking load, but will also likely end up about 40% more expensive

Owners purchasing Dyneema rope need to be very aware of the cover they are getting as many may not know the difference. If you are upsizing a rope for grip purposes, it may not be necessary to go for an upgraded cover as the rope upsizing will also bring a higher break load. So, for instance, a Technora covered 10mm rope may have a breaking load of 7000kgs, whereas a Polyester covered 12mm rope may have a similar break load. The negative however is it could be 25% heavier. The cost of each option could be quite similar.

To Strip or not to strip

Halyards and sheets can also have the cover stripped off much of the rope to reduce weight and friction. In particular, you often see halyards half-stripped as weight up the rig is extremely important. The benefit of reduced weight has to be set off against less breaking strength and more chafe. Remember most halyards break where they go around blocks or, in particular, at the jammer. It is important, particularly with halyards, to move the eye splice at the end of the halyard so as to change the point that the rope turns around the blocks or ends up in the jammer. If you decide not to remove the cover, it is often good to splice an eye in both ends so that the halyard can be reversed at the first sign of wear. If a halyard cover breaks at the jammer it normally requires a trip to the chandlery for a new halyard. Also, remember to remove the halyards over the winter as leaving them in place will reduce the performance and life of the rope.

Splicing and soft shackles

A Dyneema soft shackleA Dyneema soft shackle 

Never knot a Dyneema rope as it can reduce the break load by as much as 50%. They need to be spliced and the norm is an eye splice where a snap shackle is then cow hitched after. Another option to an expensive snap shackle is to use soft shackles. This is a small length of stripped Dyneema with a loop in one end and a knot at the other. The loop is slipped over the knot and that holds it in place. Soft shackles are a lot less expensive. A Tylaska T8 snap shackle can cost €200 whereas a soft shackle may just cost €20. For a spinnaker Halyard or sheet soft shackles may be a bit fiddly, but for headsail halyards, Main halyard, jib sheets they are a great option.

Where to Buy Rope? 

Nearly all Chandleries will stock basic levels of Dyneema SK78 with standard Polyester covers, but few will stock the less popular SK99 or Technora covered SK78 due to Stocking cost issues. You likely will need to go to a specialist rigger or rope supplier to get fancier covers or SK99. There are many online suppliers so check around. Make sure it is a rope brand that you know to ensure it is not a knock off spurious product. Markups on rope are high as having 5 or 6 sizes and 5 or 6 colours could mean 30 or 40 reels need to be held in stock. If an owner was looking to change a number of Halyards or sheets, a reasonable discount should be possible.

Nowadays many wire options are now being replaced by Dyneema such as Backstays, Vang adjustments, Outhauls.

For further information or advice on where to purchase, please feel free to contact me.

Mark Mansfield

[email protected] Ph. 087 250 6838

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Whether you are racing or cruising, the choice of the cloth that your spinnaker is made from is important for speed and longevity. Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails goes through the main options and suppliers of spinnaker cloth. Quantum Sails can provide spinnakers in all manufacturers' materials, depending on an owner's choice.

Racing options

The vast majority of nylon downwind sails are made by 2 Suppliers. Contender from Holland produces the Superkote/Superlite range of PU impregnated nylons.

Bainbridge from the UK produces the PU Impregnated AirX range. Both are similar, but there are specific differences.

Contender Superkote/Superlight - Contenders Superkote/Superlite would be the most popular of racing nylons for all-round use. Available in 12 different weight ranges and 14 different colours, it covers a vast range of options. Superlite is generally for smaller boats of less than 30 feet. Superkote is the main Spinnaker range for boats over 30 foot.

Bainbridge AirX - Bainbridge is a Uk company and has been in the sailmaking and sailcloth production business since 1917 when they originally produced sails for large commercial sailing Ships. Now a top-level cloth manufacturer, their products have won Americas Cups, Round the World races and Olympics. Their AirX range has seven different weights and 12 different colours.

Quantum A2 spinnaker running Superkote SK75Quantum A2 spinnaker running Superkote SK75 Photo: Quantum Sails

So what's the difference?

Both AirX and Superkote are produced as light as possible and feature a highly resonated finish that adds both strength and water resistance to its exterior and interior ripstop material. The AirX range has more 'resination' than Superkote and so feels crispier than Superkote, even when used quite a bit. Superkote is less stiff, particularly diagonally.

For running spinnakers, Superkote is believed to be more flexible and less stiff in light and moderate conditions and so is likely the better all-round option. Less stiff means it bounces around less and possibly needs less trimming. However, In stronger air and particularly reaching when the sail is powered up, the lack of Diagonal movement in the Airx is an advantage.

Cost-wise AirX cloth is less expensive than Superkote, and the difference in a sail can be 10% to 15%.

Gringo, the Dublin Bay A35 running downwindGringo, the Dublin Bay A35 running downwind 

What cloth weight?

Most owners will be aware of the term .75 oz. and half oz. And might think that their sails weigh that figure. So for instance Contender, Superkote 75 would be the most popular weight in their range and is very popular for midrange yachts of around 35 foot. Superkote 75 weighs .93 of an Oz.

Weight range performance Superlite and Superkote

Weight range performance Superlite and SuperkoteWeight range performance Superlite and Superkote Table via Quantum Sails

Weight options

If an owner of a mid-range racing boat was changing just one spinnaker, it more than likely would be their all-round runner. In a Symmetric, this would be their S2. In an Asymmetric boat, like a J109, this would be their A2. As a result, they likely would go for a cloth weight that would do them from 5 knots right up to 20/25 knots. If it were Contender Superkote, then that likely would be the SK75. If it were AirX, then that likely would be AirX 600.

However, this wind range (5 to 25 knots) is quite large so for performance in lighter air, it would be better to have a lighter cloth, so Superkote SK60 would be a very nice option from 5 to 18 knots or so, then Superkote 90 above that. Effectively the Sk90 would be an A4 (heavy running Asymmetric spinnaker). We have just sold a pair of Spinnakers to a top J109 in Dublin, who would have previously just gone for a standard all-round runner SK 75, and now will have a heavy and a light runner. Also using an All-round Spinnaker in 20 to 25 knots runs the risk of tearing, particularly when broaching or even launching the spinnaker.

A heavy Runner, or a Reacher in a heavy cloth, will likely last a very long time due to the cloth weight and the fact that they would not be used that often each season. On the other hand, the Light runner wears out quickly as it is used 80% of the time and often is carried over its range. Once a resonated cloth like SK75 or Airx 600 starts to get soft or retains water easily, it likely is not as quick or efficient. Also, as it is not as slippery, it takes longer to launch, and notably in an Asymmetric, takes a lot longer to set coming out of a gybe as the cloth clings to itself during the gybe. The cloth, once it loses its finish, becomes a bit porous and a small amount of performance is lost due to the wind passing through the cloth. Competitive racing boats will change their all-round light air spinnaker every year or two and the benefits of a new sail become very clear. A main or a Headsail will show its age and speed loss; however, a spinnaker will still look OK when it becomes slow. 

Cruising spinnakers

For Cruising sailors the time that a spinnaker is changed if often when the previous one explodes and is not worth the big expense of a repair. Often the cloth has broken down, or the stitching on the corners has started to deteriorate.

Cruising Spinnaker cloth is normally less resonated and so will not be as crispy. The material itself will likely be heavier and the threads, as a result, are denser. The extra weight is not normally as important, and extra threads make it less resistant to tearing. When not set it often will sink down to the end of the sail bag as without the extra coating, it takes up less room in the bag.

Bainbridge and Contender again lead the pack with their Products, Bainbridge has their MP range and Contender have their Nylite range. Both options would be less expensive than their Racing Counterparts (Superkote and AirX). Of the two MP from Bainbridge would again be less expensive than Nylite.

Other options for cruising spinnakers

Cruising sailors who only want one spinnaker aboard recently look at the cruising range of Asymmetric sails that can be set on a top-down furler. This can be either a Code 0 or an Asymmetric Cruising spinnaker. The ease of launching and retrieving is the main advantage over a conventional spinnaker. Code 0's are now coming in cable-less forms allowing the halyard to be eased when the wind in further aft to give the sail more power and then when the wind is more forward, the halyard is kept firm to give a flatter entry. Quantum sails have a range of Cabled and Cable less A sails and Code 0's for cruising sailors. I will do another article shortly specifically on Code 0's.

Quantum would be delighted to quote for any new racing or cruising Spinnakers (or upwind sails) which can be specified in any suitable Material. Contact Mark Mansfield at [email protected] or by phone at 00 353 87 250 6838

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Quantum Sails Ireland is reminding interested parties that its winter discounting of up to 15% is ending in two weeks.

Since Quantum Sails brought out the offer, they have seen a big increase in sail orders all over the country and in particular in the South of Ireland, in Dublin and in Northern Ireland. 

Recent Quantum articles on Afloat, such as this one here have highlighted how competitive its sails are, on the water, and in terms of pricing.

Last weekend, top half tonner, Miss Whiplash from Cork, took possession of their new Quantum Fusion M5 Mainsail and went on to win the first race in IRC SPIN 1 Division of the RCYC AIB Autumn League.

Miss Whiplash, Half Tonner, new mainsail – Quantum Fusion M5 Miss Whiplash, Half Tonner, new mainsail – Quantum Fusion M5

Some photos of Quantum Fusion sails are also featured below.

For any enquiries or quotes, contact Mark Mansfield at [email protected] or by phone at 00353 87 250 6838

Sunfast 3300 with Quantum Fusion M5 main, staysail and Code 0Sunfast 3300 with Quantum Fusion M5 main, staysail and Code 0

Quantum cruising laminate radial main and jib Quantum cruising laminate radial main and jib

Quantum Fusion M5 in clear version (without dark skin) on Sunfast 3300Quantum Fusion M5 in clear version (without dark skin) on a Sunfast 3300

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Irish Quantum Sails agent Mark Mansfield, a J109 specialist himself, highlights the amazing run of victories for Quantum Sails in the J109 class in the United States. Three different Quantum Sails boats have won the J109 US Nationals since 2014 right up to 2019. There was no US J109 Nationals in the US in 2020 due to Covid. From 2016 to 2019, the same J109, Loki, has won the Nationals each year, while in 2014 and 2015, two different Quantum sails boats were victorious.

Quantum Fusion 5 J109 MainsailQuantum Fusion 5 J109 Mainsail

In the United States, Quantum, along with another sailmaker, share the majority of the racing market. In Ireland and the UK, many owners do not appreciate how competitive Quantum has been in recent years.

Quantum Fusion J109 headsail on a winning US J109A Quantum Fusion J109 headsail on a winning US J109

Many will know that the US America's Cup foiling monohull—American Magic, uses Quantum sails and two of the Top TP 52s on the TP Circuit, Platoon and Quantum Racing, both use full Quantum inventories. However in Ireland, few will appreciate how well the brand does in one design and other events like the J109 class.

American Magic, the foiling America's Cup challenger uses Quantum Fusion sailsAmerican Magic, the foiling America's Cup challenger uses Quantum Fusion sails

The J109 class over there also uses non-overlapping headsails, as they do in Ireland. The option of choice for these winning J109's has been the Quantum Fusion 5 and Fusion 7 Carbon Membrane sails, with Superkote spinnakers.

To win such a competitive class six years running is unprecedented in one-design classes.

Irish J109 owners and owners of other cruiser racers now have a choice when they are selecting their sails for the coming year. The knowledge gained from these top one-design classes trickles down into all cruiser sails and even into cruising inventories. Quantum pricing structures are very competitive and winter discounts continue with discounts of up to 15% available.

For quotes or further information about any of our race or cruising sails, contact Mark Mansfield at [email protected] Ph. 00 353 87 250 6838

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As this shortened season draws to a close, Mark Mansfield, Quantum Sails agent, outlines five tips to think about at the end of the season in order to get better life from your sails.

If the sails are at the end of their life, Quantum has a winter discount running till the middle of October, so contact us for a quote, or even just for a chat.

Read our tips below

Mark Mansfield Trimming spinnaker during DL week on a J109Mark Mansfield Trimming spinnaker during DL week on a J109

Tip 1 Wash all the sail bags. How often do you start the new season with all great enthusiasm and try to open the zipper on the sail bag only to find the zip is fully jammed up with salt? When this happens, there is about a 50% chance of getting it unstuck. For the other 50% of the time, it is an expensive new zip fitted by your sailmaker.

Tip 2 If you have a Code 0, try and wash it down and dry it before you put it away. Code 0 sails, in particular, get covered in salt and this sometimes prevents them from furling and unfurling. Make sure you wash out the top and bottom mechanical parts of the furler as well. On a light wind day, washing the sail can be done on the dock with a hose and a soft brush, otherwise, you will need clean floor space.

Tip 3 Inspect your sails carefully for wear and small tears. Often wear on battens and where spreaders hit the mainsail happen and need repair before they become a bigger issue. If you don't have the room or time to do this, send them to your sailmaker where they have a full-size loft. At Quantum we have a full-size loft in Galway to do these jobs and sails can be left at the Quantum Sail Box at the top of the ramp at Dun Laoghaire Marina.

Damage where the mainsail hits the spreaders often occurs even if you have spreader patchesDamage where the mainsail hits the spreaders often occurs even if you have spreader patches

Tip 4 Don't leave your sails in the boat. Too many owners think the sails are fine to be left in the boat. They are not. Firstly, they likely may not have been properly packed the last time they were used. Also, the temperature changes are very bad for the sails and in particular for laminated sails. I know of one well known competitive boat that even left the mainsail on the boom till mid-December. Get them into a dry warm store to extend their life.

Tip 5 Take Advantage of winter discounts offered by your sailmaker. Quantum has a discount going till mid-October of up to 15% so don't miss out on this!

Good Sailing

For further information or quotes

Mark Mansfield email: [email protected] or Ph. 00 353 87 250 6838

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