Bluenose Canadian Schooner
January 1, 2018
The final sail to install is the fore topsail. This sail is nearly identical to the main topsail, just a little smaller.
The sail was prepared using the normal process.
The clew is identical to the one on the main topsail. It was added using the same process. Small rings were installed on the sail along with blocks on three corners. A rigging line was then run through the various blocks and rings and belayed to a pin.
The halliard holds the sail up. It is pretty simple. A block is attached to the fore mast, and another block is attached to the sail. A line is run between the two blocks, then belayed to a pin.
The fore topsail has two sheets – one for port and one for starboard. These are a little different than the sheets found on the other sails.
These sheets start by hooking onto the corner of the sail. One sheet (on the side where the sail is positioned), then runs directly into a block on the end of the fore gaff.
The sheet for the other side runs up over another rigging line, then down to the block.
From there, both lines run to blocks on the other end of the fore gaff (near the mast).
They then run down to belaying pins where they are tied off.
The tack is routine at this point. Two lines are seized to the bottom corner of the sail, and run to pins. There is one tack for the port side, and one for the starboard side
Like the main topsail, main sail, and fore sail, the fore topsail is secured to the mast using mast hoops. Like before, small pieces of rigging line are used to tie the sail to each hoop.
And with those in place, the fore topsail is finished.