A boat at anchor will often sail back and forth causing several problems. Each time the boat
swings broadside to the waves it produces an uncomfortable rolling motion. From a safety
stand point it also causes a side load on the anchor alternating from the left to right threatening
to break out the anchorís set.
An riding sail helps prevent your boat from swinging and keeps it stabilized in a constant
direction to the wind and waves. This makes life on the hook much more comfortable and
Rig the anchor riding sail by hanking it to the back stay. Connect the head to a halyard and
the tack to a strong point below via a tack pennant line. Hoist the anchor sail and sheet it off
to one rail at the genoa track or other convenient forward location. This has the effect of
holding the boat slightly on one tack. If you have a split backstay you should hank it to the
windward leg and sheet it to the leeward rail.
Donít be confused by vendors selling V-shaped versions of the anchor riding sail. Those
came into existance due those who do not know how to properly rig a traditional riding sail.
Do not sheet it on the centerline as that wonít prevent the boat from sailing back and forth
on the anchor rhode.
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