Dec 11, 2006, 2:29 PM
Post #3 of 3
Having, unfortunately, done a lot of sewer here are a few more tips to consider beyond what has been mentioned. I am assuming that when you say "Big-Boat" its over 50ft.
- Following the take down pull the kite out of the forepeak into the salon, you want to get your weight out of there and aft as soon as possible. Unless you're on something really big.
- Run tapes, as usual, focusing on only one side and the foot.
- Chances are pretty good that will you have to band the kite. Weather leg length, breeze and number of people will dictate how you do this. If it's short weather legs and breezy focus on banding the top 15 feet of the head, this will give your mastman room to sneak. Also double band the head. Band only the "tack" with four or five bands, again for sneak. If longer legs and more time, band both "legs" and band the body to the middle of the kite.
- When banding grab both tapes, lay together and roll into them. Get a nice tight sausage roll. If you can't find the other tape and are pressed for time make sure one tape is clear, as well as the foot, and just start rolling into it. It'll work it's self out when it goes up.
- When putting into the bag stuff the un-banded portion of the body first, keeping both the tack and clue out. Start laying the banded body in the bag by going back and forth (side to side). Once completed with the head secured to the bag lay in both legs in the same manner. Make sure the bowman will have enough material to pre-feed the tack and the head.
- Do the best you can to keep the colors on the bag tabs coordinated with the tapes. This is what your bowman is looking at.
- Always communicate to the bowman how the kite is packed, this will minimize confusion when he has to make last minute adjustments.
Outside of that the only other factors that come into play are weather, sea state, and type of kite. Depending on boat size sewer can be a pretty physical position. The better inshape you are the better off you'll survive over the coarse of a regatta, especially if it's Key West or something of length. Hope this helps, good luck.