Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Liberty Landing
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Re: Dousing a cruising asym without blowing the tack?
Well I had the kite up in 15 knots yesterday, tried it first without attaching the tack to the forestay but that didn't work well it was pretty unstable. The way I doused was the helmsman went ddw, collapsing the kite, then I unclipped from the forestay, helm blew the sheets and i blew the halyard at the mast, and I just collected it on the deck. It's actually much smaller than a symmetrical I think so I think I can get away with take downs this way on a small boat like mine at least.
Of course, after 6 flawless jibes and jinxing us by mentioning how easy theywere, I messed one up and ripped about 3 feet of the bottom panel lol