Tack Line Cleating

Racing Tools & Techniques

Moderator: forumadmin

Postby dsorenson » Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:53 pm

We sail our J/80, both class and PHRF, on Dillon Reservoir, a 9,100' elevation lake high in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver. As you might expect the lake is subject to relatively frequent micro-bursts and all-out blows from passing afternoon thunder storms. On a number of occasions we've had to attempt an emergency spinnaker take down after being knocked down in a blow. In each event the tack line has become a major issue in that the tension is so high that it becomes nearly impossible to set it free of the jam-cleat. Further, once your knocked down you can't get the boat pointed down wind to get the shoot behind the main to free up the tension. We've had to dump the halyard first which results dumping the sail in the water and risk tearing the sail (I have one shoot in the "needs repair" category now as a result of being drug in the water). I'm tempted to replace the jam-cleat with a rope clutch and would like to know if anyone else has done this and how it has worked out form them. Looking through the J/80 rules it doesn't appear that this mod would be prohibited.

Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 1969 8:00 pm

Postby derek_jackson » Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:20 am

We have switched to a rope clutch to make it easier for our 56 year old lady to be able to blow the tack line in this kind of situation. Last year as a result of the cam cleat we had someone almost lose a finger. Who cares if it is prohibited. If it is, it's a dumb rule because it adds no competitive advantage, and safety should come first.
Posts: 52
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 1969 8:00 pm

Postby Guest » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:18 pm

You are allowed to switch to a rope clutch for the tack line. We have and it does make life alot easier, also for easing the tack out. If you want specifics on what we have, let me know and I'll take a look for you.


[Posted by: angry_chameleon

Postby dsorenson » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:42 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Yeah, last weekend my 25 year old daughter made the unfortunate mistake of wrapping the tack line around her hand and then jerking it out of the cam-cleat. Of course the sail pulled her hand violently into the cleat, and then as she wrestled her hand out of the cleat and line they bruised and scraped up her hand pretty good.

I have a spare Spinlock XAS series unit that I'll be installing this Friday...

Thanks again!

Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 1969 8:00 pm

Return to Racing Tools & Techniques

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest