First Sail Making short course

The Academy ran its first Sail Making short course in August, instructed by Paul Cunningham.  Because of the nature of the course only six students were enrolled, including Gail McGarva, Assistant Instructor at the Academy.  The course looked at sail design and making in detail and also covered maintenance and repair.  The main focus of the five days was building a sail for a gunter-rigged 12 foot sailing boat.

The class worked from the designer’s sail plan, then built in the body of the sail using battens laid out on the lofting room floor before cutting out the cloth and stitching the whole sail by hand.

They created an authentic sail befitting a boat designed in 1915.