The staysail, for Amy and Matt, is a totally new sail of a type they previously did not have. But it is an important addition, as the two cruising sailors soon acknowledged. This sail is set on an inner forestay that can either be permanently rigged as in a cutter rig, or, as in their case, removable. On “Florence”, the stay is made fast to a secure bolt-eye in deck and tensioned with a manual lever. The staysail is then hanked on to the stay but could alternatively also be set on a roller furling gear. The staysail increases the upwind performance in normal conditions and the boat handling in stronger winds. It sets far better than a partially reefed Genoa and helps to optimise the sail-plan, moving the pressure more towards the centre of the boat as the wind increases. Because the Genoa is now completely furled in stronger winds, it also prolongs the life span of the Genoa. Note the hand-made, leather strong point at the head of the sail and the orange colour cloth in the top part to increase the chances of being seen in heavy weather.