- Inspect the edges of the sail for signs of cracking and rotting threads.
- Old tell tales that have told their last tale should be replaced.
- Check all grommets and cringles for corrosion as well as checking the sail for holes and other chafe spots.
- With help, stretch out the foot of the sail on a dock or a flat area. Be sure to keep each flake as wide as possible; fewer flakes produces fewer creases in the sail.
- Roll the sail up by starting at the clew. With the sail in the bag, store the bag upright to prevent creasing as the sail settles over the winter.