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Square metre boats: A matter of sail area

Unlike other sailboats, the classic square metre and their successors for cruising are designated by sail area instead of their length or a formula. For example, the 15 stands for the smallest 15 square metre class, the 22 for the 22s, and so on. If the designation number is underlined, as in the above photo of a 30, it is …

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Owner advice: New mainsail

It towers 18 metres into the blue and is ten percent larger than the previous mainsail from the Swiss sailmaker VM Sails, which was unfortunately delivered with too short a foot luff in the nineties. Five battens, two of them continuous at the very top, stabilise the new mainsail. The autumn before, sailmaker Arnd Deutsch and I had discussed a …

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The new jib

Does a blog post covering a single sail make sense? I think so, as sailing Swede 55 is mostly about upwind pleasure. For a long time I sailed Gamle Swede with an old jib. It was too small and really out of shape. Believe it or not: It was made by Canon in 1979. For that long you can use …