storm jib

I"M planning an offshore passage and need to determine the appropriate size of storm jib. The working jib is 140 sq ft(schooner IRENA).The ISAF has recommended smaller storm sails as a result of the disastrous Sydney to Hobart race several years ago. Does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks

storm sails

George, I was wondering the same thing myself for Quintessence!

My question was a bit broader as I was wondering about storm sails in general. Schooner history suggests that the schooner storm sail is a deeply reefed foresail, whether forereaching or hove to, with everything else furled.

Bending on dedicated storm sails would not be easiest thing to do on Quintessence, with all the sails laced to gaffs, booms and mast hoops.

Rigging a storm jib would require a trip out the bowsprit, which in bad weather could be extremely hazardous. It would have to be rigged well before bad weather actually hit.

I am considering installing a removable forestay that would be rigged to the forepeak only in bad weather, just for a storm jib.

Anybody out there have any thoughts for George and I?

Paul Gray
Schooner Quintessence


Paul: I have a fitting at the bow to attach an inner stay. No need to get to end of bowsprit. The new ISAF yields a jib of about 50 sq ft. A case of smaller is better. I'll send you some info.

storm sail

We had a storm trysail on TE VEGA, a pretty big boat, on the transatlantic. A good thing, too, as we blew out the main and later the fore. We eventually fixed them, but used the trysail as a jury foresail most of the way across (65% motorsailing).


Storm sails...

Check with Phin Sprague, skipper of Alden Schooner, Lion's Whelp. He has some really rugged, orange stormsails for that vessel and he has used them to great advantage on several passages. I'm sure he can give you advice about the size, weight, etc. - Mr Stubbs him at