Equipment Breakages in ARC 2015. 14/09/2016
Almost 38% of ARC and ARC+ boats logged some form of equipment breakage during ARC 2015, which, whilst it seems high, is perhaps not unexpected for a year that was considerably windier than usual most of the way across. That said, even in a light-wind year, boats can expect damage from chafe and torn sails will occur if squalls strike. As expected, breezy conditions caused most damage to sails, poles, rigging and chafe, accounting for 56% of reported breakages.SailsOverpowered sails are the most likely reason for the reports of sail damage – 22% of all breakages. Common problems were tears in spinnakers/cruising chutes, clews ripped and battens or mast-car/track damage. Valeting sails before setting off on your Atlantic adventure is always sensible. A good sailmaker will check over your... Click here for more info..