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It’s time to go… Begin by putting the boat head to wind (using the wind indicator to help you), and keep it there with your engines.
You must then prepare the mainsail for hoisting. You must open the easy-bag and make sure everything is clear, to ensure the mainsail will pass easily between the lazy-jacks.
Remember to free the reefing lines and the sheet.
Begin by hoisting the mainsail by hand…
…then, when it becomes too difficult, with the winch. Be careful not to force too much as a winch’s power is sometimes… impressive !
You can also use the windlass instead of an electric winch. It is easy, but be careful not to damage anything; the windlass is very powerful… The mainsail is now hoisted; you can let it fill and start sailing…
The main halyard must now be coiled correctly, so the mainsail can be lowered quickly if necessary.
It is now the turn of the roller reefing genoa. Begin, as always, by ensuring that both genoa sheets as well as the reefing line are free to run.
If there is a lot of wind, a crew member can take a turn round a winch with the reefing line, so that the genoa does not unroll all at once. In light breezes, it can be held in the hand.
Once the required area is unrolled, all that remains is to sheet in the genoa…