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Vancouver 2019 - Sails: Inspection, Maintenance and Repairs

Sails are beautiful! As works of art, craft and science, they are rich in history yet evolving with modern materials and our understanding of fluid dynamics. This is an informative and hands on workshop at the Evolution Sails loft.

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1800h - 2100h
Where: Evolution Sail Loft
#200C - 150 McLean Dr.
Vancouver, British Columbia  V5L 3L1
Presenter: Jason Fanjoy - Owner/Operator & Nicole Foster -Sail Recut and Repair Specialist
Contact: Kit Griffin

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Sails - Inspection, Maintenance, Repairs & Design

Hands on experience at the Evolution Sail Loft


This evening workshop offers in-class tips, tricks and techniques that will help you keep your sails in good working order. Jason will describe and show examples of designs and materials and explain the advantages of each. He will describe wear points and cleaning methods, and what you can do when out on a mid ocean cruise to maintain the power you expect.  He will give the hands on experience of what to repair and how. Teaching methods by hand or by machine. More information at Evolution Sails.

Sail Shape- Camber and Twist

Guide to sail shape for cruising yachts.  Nicole will go over the definition of sail camber, sail twist and angle of entry.  Sailors will know how to identify sail shape on the water and what sail shape to apply under different wind and sea state conditions.  Also going over all the controls (halyard tension, back stay, lead position…) used on the mainsail and genoa on typical cruising boats and how they effect sail shape.   Sail shape and angles of asymmetrical spinnakers will also be discussed.
Threads and fabrics are important in repair. Do it the simple way or the complicated way. Learn the right way to keep your vessel powered.

About the Team:

Jason: Owner/Operator
With 15 years in sailmaking and a lifetime of sailing, you can count on Jason for experienced advice.  Jason grew up racing dinghies and spent 8 years teaching/coaching sailing on the Saint John River in Rothesay, NB. Racing keelboats in BC eventually led him to taking a position in a sail production loft in Vancouver in 2003.  With years of building sails, Jason has a strong background on how sails come together and the specific needs of Pacific west coast sailors. He and Jaye started their own sail loft in 2011, and you will find him there, hard at work at Evolution Sails Vancouver.

Jaye: Marketing and Office Support
She may be on the road to pick up or deliver your sail, measuring or taking notes for you order, or in the office keeping things running smoothly.  You’ll find her out on the race course when time permits, always encouraging many new people to the lifetime passion of sailing.

Nicole: Sail Recut and Repair Specialist
A native Vancouverite, Nicole started working in the sailmaking industry in 1974 for Thunderbird Sails. Over a 30 year career of building sails she has worked for 5 sailmakers, including 10 years each with international companies. One "claim to fame" is building a Star Class set that won the World Championships.

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 1800h-2100h

150 McLean Drive (NE end of Clark Dr, opposite Western Marine Wholesale); the Evolution Sail Loft is located in the back of the yellow building off the loading platform. 
Parking is free along Powell St.


BCA Members: $30
Non-members: $50

Maximum Class Size:
12 participants

A $15 processing fee will be charged in the event of participant cancellation.

Optional Dinner:
Course participants are invited to meet for an optional dinner at ANDINA,
a Craft Brew Pub at 5:00pm. ANDINA is located in the same building as the sail loft.


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