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Re: Do I need a guy and a sheet on each side of spinnaker?

Originally Posted by matthewwhill View Post
Does anyone sail by spinnaker alone>
Lots of good stuff above.

I fly mine alone regularly. Sometimes a 1.5oz asym off the bowsprit, and sometimes either the asym or .75oz sym off the pole.

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
The dip pole is generally used on larger boats and requires a sizable crew.
I was with you right to the end. 30 years racing foredeck may change my attitude but I fly a chute with a dip pole alone.

That said, an good autopilot is critical and many don't do well downwind (they hunt).

If things pipe up and it looks like a gybe will be sporty I'm not shy about dumping the chute, gybing, and relaunching. Of course I'm a long distance guy so there are hours if not days between gybes. *grin*
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