When running downwind, it is usual to hold out the jib using the spinnaker pole or the whisker pole.
The sheet ‘works’ across the end of the pole as it stretches and this, over a period of time can badly damage the sheet.
Our solution was to ‘serve’ some dymeema outer sleeving over the sheet so that the pole end works on a more durable and replaceable material.
To apply the sleeving it is necessary to use a fid and to keep the sheet in tension to minimise the diameter.
The sleeving will then slide over the fid and onto the sheet.
The sleeving is then sewn and whipped in place.
The sleeving is then knotted into the clew bowline.