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@Swiebertje wrote:

1. To hold up the sheet in the middle an expensive block can be avoided by adding a piece of sail cloth from side to side or by a 4″ long piece of 1″ garden hose, tapered at the ends similar to your spi-pole drain pipes.

As you’ll see in the picture, I’ve got a loop of 8mm rope hanging to stop the mainsheet dropping. I’m still not convinced it won’t take my head off at some point tho. Are there any alternative methods for this?

Anyway, this morning headed out in a Force 5 and I lost my kicker before we went over the start line when a snap shackle, err, snapped šŸ˜³