Topic: Leading sheets for large headsails

Hey, I think this is my first post in the forum, but I've been lurking for a bit. Lots of great info here, thanks.

I recently purchased a Contessa 26 that has what I believe to be something like a 150% genoa. I've tried flying it with the sheets led both inboard and outboard of the shrouds, but haven't really come to a conclusion as to which is more optimal. It seems that with sheets outboard of the shrouds, I can more efficiently trim the genoa but dousing is a lot more work.

What say you, forum?

Re: Leading sheets for large headsails

Outboard of the shrouds only. 

Good luck.

Re: Leading sheets for large headsails

Outboard, with sheets going as far back as the pulpit.
When dropping sails, head into the wind and bring the clew inboard. That cuts the chance of the sail getting wet. 
I use a downhaul on the forestay when sailing solo. That makes life easier - and safer -  in rough seas.

Re: Leading sheets for large headsails


I've tried a downhaul like this:

It worked OK but the line got fouled a bunch. Pretty annoying sad