Cleaning Rope

Easy when you know how

632I was chatting to the English Braids rep on his last visit about rope maintenance. Over a season your ropes tend to go hard and crusty. Over a period of years they become nearly impossible to use. So what is the best way to extend their useful life - put them in a washing machine, like I did rather expensively last year? Apparently not. Just leave them to soak in a bath overnight with soapflakes, rinse them and dry them. Ill try it this year, slightly nervous that in the first good shower of rain next year my mainsheet will go all frothy. Ah well, at least my hands will be nice and clean at the end of a race.