Trimming the head sail

You can trim the head sail using the following quick general tips.

  1. Watch your telltales – make sure to add telltales if your head sail does not have them
    • On a close haul, close reach and up to a beam reach the telltales should be flowing horizontally. This indicates that you have the most appropriate trim
    • If the inner telltales are breaking and not flowing horizontally then you should flatten that portion of the head sail (crank the winch to bring the sail in).
    • If the outer telltales are breaking and not flowing horizontally then you should create more draft in the head sail (let out the sail)
  2.  Watch differences between lower and upper telltales
    • If the upper telltales break and do not flow horizontally generally means you need to bring the fairlead car forward
    • If the lower telltales break it generally means you need to bring the fairlead car aft