Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

Chapter 1-A TRIP TO THE SAILMAKER 5

A hypothetical look at buying sails

Chapter 2-IT STARTS WITH A YARN 13

A look at all the fibers used to make sails

Chapter 3-FROM THREAD TO FINISHED FABRIC 25

How sailcloth is made

Chapter 4-A PRIMER OF PANEL LAYOUTS 51

Different layouts for different fabrics

Chapter 5-MOLDED SAILS 65

The latest sailmaking technologies

Chapter 6-WHERE ART AND SCIENCE MEET 79

A look at the sailmaking process

Chapter 7-THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS 97

A close-up look at the individual parts of a sail

Chapter 8-ALL ABOUT SPINNAKERS 125

Downwind sails explained

Chapter 9-STORM SAILS 139

Techniques, tips, and some lessons learned

Chapter 10-SAIL INVENTORIES 147

A look at what sails you need for your sailing purposes

Chapter 11-THE FINE ART OF SAIL TRIM 157

How to get the most from your sails

Chapter 12-SAIL HANDLING 191

Techniques for managing the unmanageable

Bobst Group Armor lux sailed by Bernard Stamm breaks through a wave shortly after crossing the finish line in Tauranga, New Zealand. Stamm went on to win Class 1 of the 2002/03 Around Alone race.

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