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There is a lot to consider when planning a long cruise. This is an informal evening that will outline what you need to do to prepare your sails for a long journey.

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When: Thursday January 30, 2020
1800h - 2100h
Where: Evolution Sail Loft
150 McLean Dr., #200C
Vancouver, British Columbia  V5L 3L1
Presenter: Nicole Foster
Contact: Marilyn Sanford

Online registration is available until: 2020-01-29
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 Preparing  Your Sails for Extended Cruising

By Evolution Sail Loft


Course Information:  A presentation is for sailors who are planning an extended cruise.  Discussion will include preparing your sails for durability and typical sail inventory.  Also, techniques for ‘on the water’ sail repairs.  Nicole will address questions about inspection of each sail and what sailmakers look for to reinforce sails for offshore wear and tear and will use actual sails as examples when appropriate.  Nicole will cover offshore quality dacrons, spinnaker nylons, canvas and vinyl, which will be passed around and discussed.  The typical questions on heavy weather jibs, light air code 0’s or how many reefs in the main will be covered.  The evening will also touch on storm sails and how they are set up. 

Nicole will go through a basic sail repair kit including typical additional items required.  A shop tutorial on hand sewing techniques with hands on practice.  Participants are encouraged to bring your own hand palm and needles.  This presentation will be catered to the class and questions will be welcome throughout.  You are encouraged to bring your own sails for discussion points if time permits.

Prerequisites and Materials:  None.

About the Instructor:  Nicole is a native Vancouverite who caught the sailing bug in 1968 and hasn’t left the ocean since.  She started working in the sail making industry in 1974 for Thunderbird Sails.  Over a 30 year career of building sails she has worked for 5 sail-makers, including 10 years each with international companies.  One ‘claim to fame’ is building a Star Class set that won the World Championships!  To say Nicole has a strong background of how sails come together is an understatement.  She has built sails in size ranging from the 89’ Schooners’ Marble Head Class, to radio controlled boats.  An avid racer, Nicole has logged over 20,000 hrs on the race course.  Nicole also has 5 years of experience consulting on electronics and sailboat rig and deck layouts.  Today you will find Nicole accepting sail repairs at the loft, doing offshore sail preparation seminars, or coaching new keel-boat owners in English Bay 

Date:   Thursday January 30, 2020

Time:  18:00 hrs -21:00 hrs

Where:  Evolution Sail Loft, 150 McLean Dr #200C, Vancouver, BC V5L 3L1, Entrance North end of building.  Parking after 6:00 pm on the street and at Film Go west side of building.


BCA Members: $35
Non-members: $50

Maximum Class Size15 participants

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

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