Direct sunlight is possibly the worst sail enemy, causing the breakdown of the cloth – new sails can lose up to 50 per cent of their strength if exposed to too much UV light and for older cloth, the effect can be even worse. It is therefore important to protect your sails as much as possible when they are not in use.

Westaway Sails can fit your roller furling headsails with sacrificial strips of UV light resistant fabric which can be sewn to the leech and foot of sails to help to protect the cloth when rolled up.