In this Sailing Beginner article, I want to cover reefing the jib sail using a furling. A furling consists of either a plastic pipe or a spool like my jib sail that retains the furling line and is connected to the jib sail in the foot. The furling line is wound around the spool and when the line is pulled the furler spool rolls up the jib. Pulling on the clew lines unfurls the jib, and the clew lines and the furler line could be controlled from the cockpit of the sailboat.
This is quite important feature particularly this time of year, as it can get very windy with gusts over 20 mph or more especially in a squall can come out of nowhere very quickly and if you are not prepared the prospects of capsizing or getting hurt increases. You definitely want to learn how to sail a ship by being prepared beforehand rather than waiting until the last minute. The next time you’re sailing and a squall comes your way, you know what to do.
And to release it, all I have to do is pull the front of the snap and pull out the line. You can get a clothing line tightener at any home improvement or hardware store.
Not too long ago I’d wish I knew how to reef my jib as I was unprepared for what was about to happen. I had just finished a running the lake and was planning to return to my point of origin. However, the wind died suddenly and I was starting to believe that it was completed for the day and likely lowering both the mainsail and the jib sail and using the outboard for my return. However I my patience and estimation of seeing some storm clouds off in the distance moving fast towards me paid off. In about 15 minutes the wind made an enormous comeback that I had not expected what so ever. The wind conditions went from calm to a strong breeze in no time and struck me hard while at full sail. Wow!
Stay tune for my next Sailing Beginner article for the continuation of this article. Until then- Happy Sailing!