The ATN Gale Sail in now manufactured with Storm Orange Dacron,
to satisfy the latest ISAF OSR 4.26.2(a).
Retrofit of Stormjib onto Gale Sail: $22.00/foot of luff length:
Using Storm Sails
|less than 27' boat
||30 sq ft
|28' to 35' boat
||60 sq ft
|36' to 43' boat
||100 sq ft
|44' to 52' boat
||150 sq ft
|over 52' boat
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.
"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."
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.
The country of French Polynesia in the South Pacific requires that a vessel depart the country every 36 months or face an import tax. After clearing from French Polynesia, one only need check into another country and can then immediately return to French Polynesia. Our 1984 Passport 40, Wings, had been in French Polynesia for 36 months and we chose the Cook Islands as our country to visit, 5 days downwind, and 7 days back upwind to French Polynesia.
We had terrible weather in both directions, all of which was unseasonable in both intensity and duration: Climate Change has begun. We'd call it a Small Craft Advisory or higher, with winds to 35 knots and seas to 20 feet. A few days into our return trip, the roller furling began to fail and after several days of attempting to repair it, we finally decided to bend on our ATN Gale Sail.
With our roller furling inoperable, we had difficulty getting the jib to behave while we hoisted the Gale Sail, but we finally succeeded. The Gale Sail returned control to us, reduced our boat speed, and let Wings get back on her feet again.
We want to present the ATN Gale Sail with the Best Gear Award for the trip! It bends on as advertised and is strong and dependable.
Thank you, ATN, for providing such a fine product. It's the first time that we've relied on it and it came through with flying colors.
*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)