In making their
choice, prospective Turbo sailors must first determine the sail best
suited for their particular application and our expert staff is ready to
assist in that process.
The name "Screecher"
comes from a combination of spinnaker and reacher and provides maximum
versatility and functionality in varying wind velocities and points of
sail. In light airs,
due to its smaller size and draft, the Screecher can be used as an upwind
genoa approaching 45 degrees apparent wind angle. As the wind increases,
it transitions to a reaching sail with the wind more off the beam and in heavy
air, becomes an effective downwind sail approaching 135 degrees of apparent wind
Rigging, setting and dousing the Screecher is much less
complicated then a traditional spinnaker owing to the Harken furling
system and this offers a distinct advantage to the less experienced or
short-handed helmsman or single-handed racer.
performance downwind is the primary goal, then the traditional
asymetrical spinnaker should be strongly considered. Being slightly larger and
with a deeper draft, it is more effective downwind approaching 160 degrees of
apparent wind angle. Unlike the Screecher, it cannot be
rolled onto a furler and so requires
more effort and expertise in rigging, hoisting and retrieval.
The chart below
illustrates a comparison of the approximate effective ranges of both
types based on wind angle and speed.