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VI Victoria 2020 - CANCELLED - All About Sails with Carol Hasse
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VI Victoria 2020 - CANCELLED - All About Sails with Carol Hasse

CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEABLE MEDICAL ISSUES Spend a full day learning from the expert, focussing on the sails necessary for safe blue-water voyaging and how to manage them. CAROL HASSE has been a sailmaker and owner of Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails, Inc. since 1978. The sails made by Ms. Hasse's loft are world renowned.

When: Saturday March 14, 2020
Where: University of Victoria - Cadboro Commons - Arbutus/Queenswood Rooms
Sinclair Rd
Victoria, British Columbia  V8P 5C2
Contact: Kate Swangard

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Purpose and Benefits:

The mission of Port Townsend Sails is to contribute to the self-reliance and confidence of its customers and to the integrity and tradition of the sailmaking craft by providing hands-on education and by building the highest quality cruising sails available anywhere.


CAROL HASSE is active in teaching and lecturing on sail making, sail repair, sail inventory, and sail handling. Ms. Hasse has an ISPA instructor's certificate and her USCG 100-ton near coastal masters auxiliary sail license. She has been active in women's and youth sail training in the Northwest and the South Pacific for over 25 years.

Carol came to sailmaking from a love of cruising. She has logged over 45,000 offshore miles in northern and southern latitudes on wood, fiberglass, Ferro-cement, and steel boats ranging in size from 25-100 feet. She has sailed on both mono and multi-hulls and on vessels with traditional and modern rigs. She has been involved personally and professionally in the building of fiberglass and wood boats and has owned a 25-foot wood Nordic Folkboat since 1979.

Hasse is a founding board member of the Wooden Boats Foundation: Its premier event is the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Hasse currently serves on the board of the Northwest Maritime Center. She is a regular judge at the Victoria Classic Boat Festival and has served in the past as a judge for Cruising World's Boat of the Year competition at the Annapolis Boat Show.


Theatre seating with extensive slides demonstrating the five main areas to be covered in this seminar as outlined below:


Sail Inventory and Handling for Offshore Cruisers

This overview presentation covers proper sail inventory for blue water voyaging, those sails necessary to take a vessel safely from calms to gales Carol will discuss various rigs focusing primarily on sloops and cutters. The talk will include: 

  • Pros and cons of roller furling and hank-on headsails
  • Pros and cons of furling mainsails
  • Review of classic mainsails
  • Wind ranges of sails and sail combinations
  • Sail reduction schedules
  • Sailcloth
  • Materials for optimal chafe and UV protections


Cruising Headsails

This presentation takes an in-depth look at sails flown forward of the mast (genoas, jibs, stays’ls, light air drifters, asyms). Topics covered include:

  • Design and construction details
  • Wind ranges
  • Sail trim, reefing/furling, and striking


Cruising Mainsails

This presentation takes an in-depth look at mainsails (and mizzens) of all types. Topics covered include:

  • Design and construction details
  • Battens (full length, partial length, and combinations)
  • Batten-end receptacles
  • Slippery mast tracks
  • Reef rows (number and placement)
  • Furling systems
  • Lazy jacks, stack packs/lazy bags
  • Sail trim, reefing/furling, striking


Storm Sails

This presentation takes an in-depth look at storm jibs/stays’ls and trys’l. Topics covered include:

  • Design and construction details
  • Sail trim, reefing/furling, and striking
  • Inner stays
  • Trys’l tracks
  • Running rigging


Sail Trim for Cruisers

This presentation discusses the importance of sail trim for comfortable, predictable boat motion, greater sail longevity, and speed. Also included are the following topics:

  • Trim tools for headsails and mainsails
  • Sail handling tips
  • Brief introduction to tools and materials recommended for an onboard sail repair kit.



Time remaining in our day will be devoted to answering questions from members of the group and a Sail Repair presentation if time permits and attendees wish to learn more.


Course Materials:

Bring your own writing materials for taking notes.


Display Materials:

Sample sails, sail hardware and cloth samples, as well as a sail repair kit and its contents. will be available for viewing.  A limited number of sail repair kits (‘ditty bags’) will be available for purchase with information sent out separately to registrants.


Lunch and Breaks:

There will be a one hour lunch break with a cafeteria in the Cadboro Commons building. Other lunch venues are also available nearby.  No bag lunches are permitted in the function room.  Your own coffee cup and water bottle are permitted, with coffee, tea and muffins available during morning registration plus a water station that will be available throughout the day.  There will be a 15 minute break in the morning and in the afternoon.




Cost – Individual and Couples Pricing

BCA Members  - $75.00

                             - $60.00 for spouse/partner if registered at the same time

Non-Members -  $90.00

                             - $75.00 for spouse/partner if registered at the same time


Maximum Class Size:

75 participants






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