We have had the boxes with our new sails stored in the shower for almost two weeks. The anticipation of ripping open the box and putting the sails up was pretty big. We were very excited to do so this week finally. We have been talking about getting new sails for what seemed like forever, and it feels so good to have them up and ready to go.
Mads did a lot of research when figuring out a new downwind set-up for Athena. We wanted something easy for the two of us to handle on a long passage, especially while crossing the Atlantic, where we'd be sleep-deprived and exhausted.
Two-head sails were an excellent solution for us. It's a simple set-up, robust, and there's not much fiddling around once it's up.
We immediately thought of Precision when deciding which sail loft to go with. Precision seems to be the YouTube go-to, but we also have a few friends who have used them and could not have been happier. The entire process was straightforward (A longer, more detailed blog post about the process is to come). From measuring our old sails to the design of the new sails, Precision was helpful and thorough throughout the entire process.
Getting the sails up felt like a significant milestone for us, and I can't brush over its symbolism of being our last big project while in Gosport. Our sails are up, and now nothing is keeping us from setting sail.
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