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    Posted: 21 June 2018 at 11:16
During winter we bought a Blue Water Runner downwind sail and have just had a chance to try it out. We were looking for a sail which would be usable downwind - say 160 to 180 degrees. We also want a sail we could furl and unfurl from the cockpit. Phil from Inspiration Marine Group in the UK suggested the BWR. After looking at the Elvstrom website we thought the BWR could be the right sail for us. Elvstrom suggested a 220 square meter sail on an endless furler. The sail cloth is a light weight Dacron but as the sail is 220 M2 with a torsional rope and furler and sheets the sail in its bag weights about 56 kg and takes up a fair amount of our forepeak space but I suppose that is what this area is designed for. Whilst travelling from Gocek to Kas we had winds behind us for some of the 52nm distance with speeds of between 8 to 15 kn. Our best boat speed was 8.6 kn in 14.7kn TWS but were very happy to get 6.9kn of boat speed in on 9.4kn of wind TWS at 179 degrees. The BWR can also be used as a larger headsail (110 M2) by joining the clews together and setting it to one side. The Elvstrom site suggests the BWR can be used in this "headsail" mode in upto 60 degrees TWA. We have used it at around 100 degrees TWA and it was useful in this situation.

Wayne W
Cruising, currently in the Mediterranean.
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