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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

Originally Posted by Classic30 View Post
I, for one, beg to differ: It sounds to me like the autopilot was THE rule-breaker in the minds of both the Skipper and "Jane" and they resented the crew demanding it be used.

Can someone kindly explain why using an autopilot whilst under spinnaker would be somehow safer than manual steering? Unless you've got a total novice on the helm I just don't get why it was even considered...
Running off, a spinnaker will tend to oscillate somewhat. An auto pilot will ignor this and steer a relatively steady course. A novice driver will tend to "chase" the spinnaker, aggravating the oscillation and, in short order, leading to a wipe-out. Frankly, leaving the owner and his erstwhile crewlady driving with the spinny up was asking for problems.

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