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Sports 16 Rigging Guide

Issue 1 May 2006

1) Jib

  • The tack of the jib (lower end of wire luffrope) should be fastened in the roller reefing gear. Make sure that the reefing line is unwound and roll the jib tight before fixing.
  • The swivel on the head of the sail is fixed to the wire halyard (Huey and Duey) and on the rope (Luey).
  • The jib sheets are continuous. Make sure they are lead correctly through the jamming cleats and then round the pulleys under the side seats. They should be tied to the jib by passing both ends through the clew of the sail and then tying an overhand knot over the other sheet repeat for the other sheet.
  • To hoist the sail on Huey and Duey pull up on the rope halyard until the wire loop is at shoulder height. You may have to give a strong jerk to get the wire loop over the pulley at the mast. The jib tensioner should then be hooked through the wire loop and pulled down tight. It is held by a jamming cleat.
  • To hoist the sail on Luey pull up on the rope halyard and then “sweat up’ using the forestay.
  • The forestay should then be removed from the bow and tied down close to the mast.
  • Unfurl the sail to make sure it is running freely. Refurl it and leave furled until on the water and ready to sail. This minimises flogging of the sail.

2) Main

  • Fix the clew (Aft end of the foot of the sail) in the last bit of the track on the boom and then tie the outhaul. Put the pin in the tack. (Bow end of foot). Tighten the outhaul using the cleat at the bow end of the boom. Fix the main halyard using the ball on the end of the halyard.
  • Make sure the mainsheet is free and that the kicking strap is loose.
  • The main should be hoisted on the water.
  • Hoist the main by feeding it into the upper track until the head of the sail is hard against the pulley at the top of the mast. Pull the boom down making sure that the foot of the sail goes into the guide on the mast.

3) Pre launch checks

  • Make sure paddle bailer and bucket are on board.
  • Tighten the bung in the transom.
  • Tension the bungee holding in the transom flaps.
  • Fit rudder and make sure it is locked in the up position using uphaul.
  • Check aft mooring rope. This is also used for towing alongside so it is essential.
  • Make sure helm and all crew are wearing buoyancy aids

4) Reefing

  • In anything over a force 3 breeze the Sports 16s should be reefed when being used for Sailability sessions. You will be asked to reef by the OoD.
  • A reefing line is attached to the end of the boom.
  • A reefing rope is also fixed at the gooseneck.
  • To reef first fit the reefing line through the holes in the leach of the sail. There are 2 holes take in 1 or 2 reefs depending on wind strength there are corresponding holes at the front of the sail. To reef hoist the sail until the appropriate reefing hole at the front of the sail is just above the boom. Pass the reefing rope though this hole and tie down tight. Pull the sail up tight on the halyard. Tighten the reefing line until the aft hole is snug against the boom cleat using jamming cleat on side of boom. The spare reefing line can be used to tidy up the sail on the boom.

5) Launching

  • Launch the boat and move to the pontoon. When in deep enough water drop the centreboard and rudder. Make sure the rudder is fixed in the down position using the downhaul rope.
  • Before taking disabled sailors on board ensure that the boat is moored fore and aft

6) Recovery

  • After sailing furl the jib and drop the main. Raise the rudder and centreplate.
  • When putting the boat on the trolley ensure that it is properly centred on the trolley and not balanced on the centreplate. (Sometimes it is difficult to get the plate fully up on the water, lifting the hull when ashore will sort this out.)

7) Stowage

  • Roll the main and slide into bag. Drop the jib still rolled up and put in bag (leave swivel on sail not on boat). Wash the boat down and put back in berth. Fix cover. Report any problems or breakages to the OoD.