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Postby Ilan on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:45 pm

Does anyone have any tips on the best way to rig the Sabre traveller?

Most of the time I let the traveller right out so it's almost block to block when the mainsheet is fully on.

But I've also heard of some people securing the block in the middle of the traveller with a loop so the boom is always closer to the centreline.

Does this improve pointing?
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Traveller

Postby Alan Riley on Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:05 pm

Hi Ian,

In my opinion the traveller on a Sabre is largely a waste of time. Like you, I have mine let out all the time so it's block to block when the mainsheet is is fully on (it's around 32cm from the top of the thwart to the bottom of the traveller rope at its highest point. How high it is mostly depends on your mast rake). Use the mainsheet to stand the leech up straight going upwind until you are over-powered, then swap to vang sheeting when over-powered. With vang sheeting, the vang holds the sail in the correct shape and controls the leech. The mainsheet merely controls the in/out movement of the sail. In this arrangement, the higher the block on the traveller, the more the mainsheet is controlling the in/out movement of the sail rather than applying any tension to the leech, thus giving better gust response.

I never adjust the traveller, so I have tied my traveller it in position and taken the cleat off.

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Postby Ilan on Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:39 am

Thanks Alan

Will follow your advice and tie the traveller off at block to block height.
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Postby Greg on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:04 am

What are the tolerances for the holes through the thwart for the traveller? 5.2 says that the holes must be within tolerance but in the "Table of measurements" (line 75) the minimum and maximum are blank.

5.2 Mainsheet System
Maximum 5:1 purchase - jamming cleats and/or ratchet block optional. Method optional but must run
between slack-rope hawse on thwart to the boom then via a floor-attached block to the skipper.
Holes through the thwart for the rope hawse must be within tolerances measured from hole centre to hole
centre.

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Mainsheet hawse - width of holes in thwart

Postby Sabre on Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:30 pm

Greg refer to Diag #20 on page 46
9mm hole. Plastic or metal ferules allowed.
The intention is not to ahve a hole too large that might weaken the thwart.
The recommended hawse thickness is 6 mm.
Most of the top guys tie off the traveller so that you are block to block, although may need to tighten a little when it blows in order to get enough sheet tension.
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Postby Greg on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:52 pm

Barry,

Thanks heaps for your prompt reply

My information came from the rules on the website: http://www.sabre.org.au/documents/RULES_March_08.pdf

This document only has 11 pages. Which document should I refer to to find Diag #20 on page 46?

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