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Ullman Sails T-Shirt Night
Wed, 20th Jun 2018
It was a great night out sailing Ullman Sails T-Shirt Night during the CRA Beer Can Series.  Thank you all that participated.  Do not forget about Ullman Sails CRA Halloween Regatta in Oc
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T-Shirt Wednesday
Thu, 31st May 2018
Wednesday June 20th is Ullman Sails night at the CRA Beer Can Series.  The Ullman Sails Team members will be out photographing and the pictures will be posted here immediately after the r
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Seattle POD Regatta
Thu, 26th May 2016
May 21-22 2016 The Second Annual POD Regatta (Puget Sound One Design) was a great success with 54 boats over 8 classes.  Winds were 5-10 on Saturday with some large shifts coming thr
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Oregon Offshore 2016
Tue, 17th May 2016
The 2016 Oregon Offshore from Astoria Oregon to Victoria BC is an annual event that has seen some growth in the last few years.  This year it was a great event with wind from the start and lot
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Rodrigo Cuellar Dipp to Manage Ullman Sails PV
Fri, 13th May 2016
Ullman Sails excitedly announces the opening of Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta.  The full service loft on Mexico’s west coast offers new sails, canvas and sail service to the local sailing
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Genoa Staysail-The Secret Weapon

Add performance power and balance helm without taking a rating hit

Mon, 6th May 2013
By Erik Shampain

Genoa Staysail-The Secret Weapon Add performance power and balance helm without taking a rating hit
Genoa Staysail on a Hobie 33

In the last few years I have learned more then I can remember when it comes to sailboat racing. One thing that keeps coming back is this lesson: Genoa Staysails can add speed to a lot of boats in many conditions. During a sail development program for a local Santa Cruz 50, we started to incorporate a Genoa Staysail into the inventory. With these ‘lighter’ boats that carry the apparent wind forward, the Genoa staysail proved more efficient than a spinnaker staysail in all conditions except true running conditions. We discovered that we could carry the Genoa staysail efficiently under the Code Zero, the #1 Genoa (when the outboard lead is used), the 1A Spinnaker and the 135% Jib Top! We witnessed speed gains of over a half of a knot.

Given the results of our testing, I started to use a Genoa Staysail on my Hobie 33. We even used it on shorter legs of the Hot Rum Series in San Diego like the last leg of race 3 under our Code Zero. It gave us enough speed to win overall and beat much faster boats. I believe we were the only boat to fly this sail! We saw the knot-meter increase by one to two-tenths after hoisting the Genoa Staysail. While this may not seem like much, it is a large percentage of the overall boat speed on a smaller boat. Now consider larger, high profile race boats. If you look at some of the 24-hour Monohull speed records, you’ll notice that the majority of these boats did not achieve their records with spinnakers, but with smaller jib tops and Genoa staysails. Check out this video of the Volvo 70 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ during the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBcfMFm6pns. Here are some more of the technical benefits of the Genoa Staysail to consider: Because the Genoa Staysail is generally smaller and flatter then a traditional spinnaker staysail, it doesn’t affect the trim of the sail behind it or take away its wind. The Genoa staysail actually accelerates the wind through the slot between then main and the sail in front. It provides balance to a boat that has a lot of ‘weather helm’ in heavier reaching conditions. It moves the apparent wind forward as it flows through the mainsail. Thus the ‘apparent wind’ has less of a desire to push the boat over, which actually will have the effect of increased righting moment.


This article was posted on Mon, 13th May 2013