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

Originally Posted by Hartley18 View Post
Actually, if you're going to use the main to blanket the spinnaker, a surer way is to drop it down the companionway (either under the boom or 'letterbox' it) rather than drop it on the foredeck where it could still get caught by the wind.. plus it keeps the crew weight aft when you most need it.

..just a suggestion.
I've always favored launching the chute from a GP bag on the rail behind the genoa rather than from a turtle in the pulpit. Either way, if the wind is light I try to re-pack it straight into the bag on the douse. If it is windy I like to drop it straight down the companionway. Letterbox drop is great if you have a loose footed main. The only problem with dropping it down the companionway is keeping it out of the genny trimmer's way!

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