Flotilla Sailing Tips : Using the Furling Genoa Sail

Posted: 21st March 2017

Embarking on a flotilla sailing holiday is great fun! At BeyondBeach, we have provided a fully supported  flotilla and yacht charter service around the Ionian islands in Greece for many years. Read our latest flotilla sailing guide for more information.

There’s nowhere we’d rather be than soaking up the sun on one of our sailing holidays in Greece, cruising the crystal waters, and getting to know the awesome like-minded people who come to the Greek island of Kefalonia to join in with our sailing holidays each year.

Our wonderful team has been helping people learn to sail for a long time, and as a result, we have plenty of sailing knowledge and skills between us. And we certainly don’t want to keep all of this knowledge to ourselves! This is why, in this latest instalment of the flotilla sailing guide, we are going to teach you a thing or two about sailing like a pro!

Refresh your memory and read all about stern to mooring in our previous flotilla sailing guide here.

Setting the Genoa

Ensuring the sails are correctly set can be a complicated and laborious task, especially if you have never attempted it before. Not to fret though! By following a few simple guidelines you can ensure you maintain full control over the sails.

First of all, learning to set the genoa sail properly can ensure your time on the water is enjoyable and that you’re well prepared for any shifts in wind strength.

The genoa is really an oversized jib that overlaps the mainsail and is used to increase the sail area, and ultimately, the yacht’s performance. We have put together a step-by-step flotilla sailing guide on how to get the best out of your genoa. We hope you find it useful!

Step-by-step guide to genoa sailing

  1. Keep the boat on a beam reach – this is very important.
  2. Decide how much sail to pull out. Start with small amount and gradually increase.
  3. Prepare the furling line free to run and around the winch drum twice for control.
  4. Prepare the correct genoa sheet by ensuring it is free to run and that it is around the spare winch drum.
  5. When the crew is ready, pull the genoa sheet – manually at first.
  6. The skipper controls the boat direction with the wheel and eases out furling line around the opposite winch drum as the genoa comes out.
  7. Secure furling line with jammer when enough sail has been released.
  8. The crew tightens the genoa with the winch and winch handle until the sail flapping stops.
  9. Secure the genoa sheet on top of the winch.
  10. Sit back, sail and enjoy!

Maintaining your safety

The skipper must concentrate on keeping the boat on course and away from potential hazards at all times. Meanwhile, the crew should concentrate on the sails.

Good communication between the skipper and the crew is fundamental. There’s no point in getting the sail out perfectly then smashing into a rock!

Watch your fingers in winch drums and jammers. Never let the sail run out freely and too quickly. The skipper can use the winch drum to take friction of the furling line. You do not want rope burns on those lovely mitts.

Common Faults

  • If the boat is too close to the wind and sail rips against mast and spreaders – goodbye security deposit.
  • If you let too much sail out too quickly things may end up going a bit crazy in the wind.
  • If the furling line is not wrapped around the winch, this will cause friction and fingers will get burnt.
  • If the furling line is left loose and tangles around genoa drum on the bow.

Book a sailing holiday in Greece today!

Genoa sailing is not the only thing you’ll learn on one of our flotilla sailing or yacht charter holidays. Give us a week and we’ll not only teach you to master the art of sailing, but we guarantee you will have immense amounts of fun in the process.

Whether you are a complete novice and want to book a place on our learn to sail holidays, or you want to discuss our yacht charter holidays in Greece, contact us today for more advice and information on our flotilla sailing holidays.