100% wind onboard
The set of sails is being updated for the season. Our partner North Sails at their loft in Stockholm is now adjusting the reefs on the main sail while we are waiting for the solar cells to be delivered and attached. In meantime they are also preparing and producing new sails up front:
ROLLING FURLING JIB – 16 SQM
Sailing alone on a sleek Smaragd with no lifelines around the deck calls for some thoughts, and a jib on a furler is of course a convenient solution, but it is also an important safety aspect to be able to handle it from the cockpit.
CODE ZERO – 37 SQM The furling Code Sail – a flat easy-to-handle downwind sail that fits in between the upwind headsails and the downwind spinnaker...will generate substantial added boat speed in light winds. I am really excited to try this sail. Everybody who has sailed a Smaragd with a genoa knows the feeling of added speed in light winds. However changing between jib and genoa on deck and folding them together in between, is quite a hassle...so with two furlers upfront life will be easier...and safer.
STORM JIB – 5,5 SQM Talking about safety and just recently coming back home from the World Sailing Survival Training, made the decision easy to make: Get a storm jib onboard. Even if the Baltic Sea is not comparable to offshore ocean sailing, the Smaragd is a small boat on longer legs on open water, and wind can be tough here as well. If sailing in stronger winds and the furling jib gets stuck or for some reason, can't be used, we will need a loose-footed sail that can help us maneuver the boat and keep us going.
THE SPINNAKER, GENUA, AND RACING JIB (NON-FURLING) The present white and blue spinnaker will follow along onboard during the journey for sure, but the genoa and the brand new North Sails racing jib have to stay home...if they are not sold by then (yes, they are for sale. Get in touch if you are interested)