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post #15 of Old 07-25-2013
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Re: Flying a Symmetrical Like an Asymmetrical

Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
You will not be able to sail as close to the wind with a symmetric rigged as an asymmetrical but it will work quite nicely, particularly with a sock to make launching and recovery easier. For more information see Asymmetrical Spinnaker Trim.

I've seen this article before and I'm always convinced I'm missing something obvious. It appears that gybing with this setup will result in the downhaul twisting around the furled genoa. Since the lazy sheet has been run outside the forestay/furler, the kite will be gybed on the outside. As a result, the downhaul, which is rigged aft of the genoa, will twist around the furler and I'd imagine this would interfere with the ability to adjust the downhaul. What am I missing?

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