Flying again! We test the patch in 15mph winds and with extreme tension on the jib sheets. It is also very flexible, it can be folded easily.
This repair was done in Fall of 2003, how long will it last? Being on the leach of the sail it flaps in the wind often.
Update: Now it's May 2004, I'm still using this sail with the patch, and have been out several times on windy days with gusts to 35 mph and racing so pushing the boat to the limit. So far the patch is still holding fine, I've used it in 4 regattas so far and many more classes. Would like a new one but want to see how long this patch will last. I also used 3M 5200 to fix my batten pockets and a rip in my spinnaker.
Update: June 2004. Patches are still holding well. While this method does make the sails a bit stiffer and heavier (especially the spinnaker) they still work. In fact we won 1st place in the 2004 Austin Yacht Club Centerboard Regatta in June with these old patched sails!
Update: October 2004. Still racing and sailing with this sail, patches still holding. I'm in first place in the Texas Centerboard Circuit with one regatta to go.
Update: December 2004. Still using the sail, won 1st place in the Texas Centerboard Circuit using this sail in every regatta.
Update: Summer 2005, I sold the boat, with this sail still in use. Not just used for racing, I also teach sailing and have several classes per month. I always used this sail, so it has been in the sun a lot and has been wet countless times.
Update: January 29, 2006, Jack invited me to go sailing on my old boat. He is STILL using this sail, and the patches are holding fine.