Sail Graphics

Declan McKinney writes:

As Galway Girl is junk-rigged, we fancied making up sail graphics with her name in Chinese script. Our friends Tennessee & Kathryn devised the lettering, which is pronounced GALL-WAI-GAY and literally means “SING to praise a CLEVER GIRL”.

I plotted the graphics individually using a large format CAD plotter, stuck them onto card and cut around them to create positive templates. I then laid these upside-down onto the back of some Challenge Insignia self-adhesive Dacron sailcloth, traced around them and cut out the new graphics. Insignia is the type of cloth typically used for UV strips, and it should be possible to purchase small quantities from a sailmaker.

We applied the new graphics just in time to welcome the Green Dragon into Galway when the Volvo Ocean Race arrived here in May. After a full season, the Dacron decals are still firmly attached.

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