Tom T. Beneteau 210
We had our long distance race on Saturday on Sacandaga Lake (~25nmi), and used the new spinnaker and main in a 8-12kt breeze. Our fleet (racing fleet) had 5 boats (including 2 trimarans, Sonar, S2), with a total of ~20 boats in all fleets. Since we started last, and we have the slowest boat in the racing fleet, we were tied for last after the first windward part of the course. Then we popped the chute for a 10-15 mile downwind leg up the lake. What a blast. We blew by the fleet and actually caught the trimarans. Upwind, the main was easy to trim, and it was easy to see the effect of adjustments in the draft stripes and telltales. We got a lot of good comments about the main, and it definitely met our expectations.
We finished 2nd in our fleet, and third overall in corrected time. I consider this an outstanding result, given we are typically in the middle of the pack. Now I may have to spring for a new headsail. We have a race on Lake Ontario this weekend. I don't expect as good a result given the competition, but I'm anxious to see how we do.
Thanks for your help.
Jim Carlsen – Capri 25 – California
The new Genoa's are actually as close to perfect as we could have asked for. Both boats have definitely shown an increase in speed because of them and are almost always in the top 3 of our club races.
Hope all is well with you,
Happy with sails
To Steve Haarstick:
Steve I purchased sails from you in 2007. They were impressively and absolutely beautiful. Everything was top of the line. ……
I finally got to fly the new headsail tonight in light, but consistent conditions. Holy Crap! It's like I have a new boat. We were hanging in there with boats we had no business being anywhere near. We rounded the second windward mark just behind a Laser 28, c&c 29 and ahead of a c&c30.
Absolutely amazing. You guys absolutely rock.
Thanks a million!
S2 6.7 Grand Slam
The new sails are extraordinary. The new main trims out beautifully. We have been doing very well since we started using the new Haarstick sails. I must believe its the new sails and not that we have gotten that much better at sailing the boat. Thanks to you and Steve for all of your suggestions, help, and direction. You guys build the Best sails. I have experience with new sails from many of the other sailmakers. As far as I am concerned, its like buying jewelry for my wife from Wal-Mart or from Tiffany's. I count on your engineering and quality and have been very satisfied.
I was just like a kid at Christmas opening up the box that contained our brand new spinnaker and custom launch bag! As you know, we just bought a new Wauquiez Centurion 40 so I was very excited and very pleased as we looked at the quality and color scheme of our new kite! Everything appeared to be perfect. The true test was soon to come when we launched it for the first time. The color scheme matched the boat great and the sail shape gave us just what we wanted, big shoulders for true down wind sailing. We have a huge main so the sail combination gives us the down wind advantage that we were looking for when we race! This is my second Haarstick spinnaker and you guys did a great job and delivered on time.
Sail Fast, Thank you,
Just thought I would update you. My Nonsuch 26 sail is still going strong. Just got back form a 150 mile trip, sailing with a Nonsuch 30 and another NS 26... guess what, they spent most of the trip trying to catch me with out much luck! The NS 30 owner is going nuts!!!
Anyhow love the sail. It has preformed way beyond our expectations.... hope everyone at Haarstick has a great season.
Thor and Debbie Powell
Between retiring, upgrading systems on the boat and clearing out a house, I had to make several choices. I carefully went over the sails again this spring and they are still in good shape, at least better than reasonable. Who knows? The Florida sun and Bahamas breeze might finally do them in. At least I'd be able to say, "Gee honey, we gotta replace 'em now." For now, I moved them off to next year's budget. Maybe you shouldn't be so good at what you do :-)
Nice to hear from you. Thanks,
-I emailed Haarstick in Rochester. They got back to me and confirmed that it was a 1988 sail. He checked his records and provided me with a ton of information -- he went out of his way to help me out.
-Haarstick was super helpful and keeps meticulous records
-In my experience, the Haarstick guys are all stand-up…They've built 1 Freedom and three Elliott sails for me (so far) and I feel they do an excellent job. I'm not at all surprised he had the details on that sail.
-Only good things to say about Haarstick. The sails I've gotten from them over the last 25 years have been consistently higher quality, better made, & last longer than sails I've gotten from other lofts. And I don't see a speed difference. Great service, and the sails are all made right here in the US. What's not to like?
-Haarstick Rules... The loft puts together sails that stand up to any condition, except stupidity. We're lucky to have the loft here locally, they stand behind their sails, the cloth that they use and their design. I pulled an old haarstick #1 ('82) quilt cut out of my loft and with a bunch of kids kicked some ass against boats with fresh sails and good crew, so being old didnt have that much to do with the sailing at this event. The guys at the loft were more than helpful with my questions and past repairs and would come and sail the boat to make sure everything fit properly. The new haarstick sails I use for regatta's are so freaking fast, I'm a customer for life.
-from Sailing Anarchy Threads
We have had the new mainsail out twice now, and it apparently likes being paired with the Haarstick genoa (which is now in its 5th season unbelievably..). Out of the last 6 races, we have captured 5 first places, all against North sails. I am finding that the main trims out better with more vang than I am used to – which is in accordance with your tuning guide. Anyway, the sail looks great and the boat is fast – great crew work of course helps !
Hope all is well up in your neck of the woods.
‘Fresh’ # 547 ,
Fleet #10, St Mary’s River"