Batten getting caught on backstay in light air

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breeves
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Batten getting caught on backstay in light air

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Any one care to share the secret of getting the top batten to pass the back stay with out getting hung up in light air while tacking or jibing?
adrianbegley
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Re: Batten getting caught on backstay in light air

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A soft top batten helps with this light airs but I still frequently have to flick the backstay.
David Schutte
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Re: Batten getting caught on backstay in light air

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I was considering a backstay flicker.
Has anyone added one to their masthead?

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raydouglas
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Re: Batten getting caught on backstay in light air

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Two things to consider: If you are racing one-design, a backstay flipper is not permitted. Secondly, if you don't race one-design, you would have to replace the continuous rod rigging backstay with a fiber backstay, otherwise the flicker will not work due to the weight of the rod rigging. I would talk to a local rigger about the specification of the fiber backstay to ensure proper loads.
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Re: Batten getting caught on backstay in light air

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See Adrian's suggestion on the softer top batten. I made this change on a main and it significantly improved the issue with the top batten getting caught on the backstay in light air. Your sailmaker could hook you up with an appropriate replacement batten.
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