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Custom size Gale Sails available, call or Email for a quote.

The patented Gale Sail from ATN, inc.
is the safest and easiest way to hoist a storm jib in storm conditions.

Features of the Gale Sail
Gale Sail
  • High visibility Safety Orange is now used for the body of the Gale Sail.

  • Oversized piston hanks PLUS webbed grommets for easier hoisting.

  • The Gale Sail eliminates the need for a removable headstay.

  • The Gale Sail eliminates the dangerous job of unfurling, dropping and stowing away the furled working sail to free up the roller furler in windy conditions to hoist the conventional jib.

  • Since it is hoisted over the furled headsail, the Gale Sail prevents any dangerous accidental unfurling.

  • No transformations or alterations of the rig are needed. The Gale Sail is ready to be hoisted immediately.

  • The Gale sail, since it is hoisted over the very stiff roller furled sail, has a great aerodynamic shape, much better than a conventional storm jib hanked on a removeable headstay, or a partially furled sail, which most of the time has not been designed or built for that purpose. Also, not all roller furlers are built to reef.

  • The Gale Sail slides up and down amazingly well because Dacron slides over itself very well. The next time you walk over a folded sail on deck, take notice of how slippery it is.

  • Gale Sail Furling
  • It can be hoisted with the spinnaker halyard or spare jib halyard.

  • It requires less halyard tension than a conventional storm jib would need since its luff (pouch) is supported by the wide forward part of the roller furled sail. By the same token, chafing is not a problem since the Gale Sail is riding on a large area. Chafing is a problem when a lot of pressure is on a small area, not when it is spread over a large surface.

  • The Gale Sail is not a new, untested product. It has been sold in Europe for over 8 years.

  • It is possible to retrofit a conventional storm jib onto a Gale Sail.

  • The Gale Sail is part of the Cover Sail patent, from Europe's well known inventor Axel Lage.
The ATN Gale Sail in now manufactured with Storm Orange Dacron, to satisfy the latest ISAF OSR 4.26.2(a).*

100 square foot ATN Gale Sail trial on a Nautitech 442
ATN Gale Sail hoisted with the spinnaker halyardATN Gale Sail hoisted with the spinnaker halyard.

The perfect heavy weather sail, the ATN Gale Sail will prevent the accidental unfurling of the furled genoa.
Gale Sail
The Gale Sail in action.


Retrofit of Stormjib onto Gale Sail: $22.00/foot of luff length:
less than 27' boat 30 sq ft US$ 638.00
28' to 35' boat 60 sq ft US$ 902.00
36' to 43' boat 100 sq ft US$ 1182.50
44' to 52' boat 150 sq ft US$ 1622.50
over 52' boat Custom Made  

Download PDF Article Using Storm Sails
Article originally published in "SAIL Magazine"
by Brian Hancock

I have known Etienne Giroire of ATN for over thirty years. Not only is he a great sailor, he has invented some great products to make sailing more enjoyable and safe. I bought two items from him before my wife and I set sail to do a circumnavigation in our 52 ft. ketch Lolita in 1999. The ATN Gale Sail (storm jib) was used often, in survival storms to just average trade winds of 30 to 35 knots for days at a time. Easy and safe, it is a must on any yacht. The ATN Spinnaker Sleeve made using a Spinnaker easy and fun. I know I would not have even taken the spinnaker along without his sleeve. I am in the process of retiring again from selling yachts and setting sail on my new yacht (48 Amel Ketch) to the South Pacific and I’m buying both the spinnaker sleeve and the Gale Sail from my friend ATN.

Pepper R.

"I purchased your Gale Sail for my Beneteau 445 and used it 30-45 knots of wind on the passage from Bermuda to the Chesapeake. It worked great! We flew the Gale Sail almost the entire time."

Randy Williamson

I love the Gale Sail you recently sent me!
I was out in 25 to 30 knots and found it easy to set up and boat responded beautifully. I was surprised how much punch it added to my single-reefed main -- and at how well I could point. I was tacking through 75 degrees. I wouldn't expect to be able to do that in any kind of sea, but still it's nice to know that I can claw to windward if need be.
The sail is beautifully made. It will be nice peace of mind just having it aboard.

Michael Wheeler

Custom size Gale Sails available, call or Email for a quote.
Contact ATN for more information.

*The US Sailing Board of Directors approved the following Prescription on 12 March 2012:
US Sailing prescribes that the requirement for a highly-visible colored material or patch covering 50% of the area of storm jibs in ISAF OSR 4.26.2 (a) is a recommendation in the US. After January 1, 2014, the requirements for new storm sails in ISAF OSR 4.26.2 (a) shall apply to CAT 0, 1, 2, and 3. This requirement grandfathers all storm sails made prior to January 1, 2014.
This prescription modifies 2012 OSR 4.26.2 High Visibility (a) Every storm jib shall either be of highly-visible coloured material (e.g. dayglo pink, orange or yellow) or have a highly visible coloured patch at least 50% of the area of the sail (up to a maximum diameter of 3m) added on each side; and also that a rotating wing mast should have a highly-visible coloured patch on each side. A storm sail purchased after January 2014 shall have the material of the body of the sail a highly-visible colour. (** - All Categories)

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