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Old 11-30-2002
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Spinnaker Wrap Poll

Once again, the SailNet weeky poll results are surprising me. About a third of the more than 300 (so far) respondants think that to avoid spinnaker wraps around the headstay while jybing they need use a spinnaker sock. Snuffing the chute then jybing and re-setting it is a valid way to avoid wrapping the sail around the headstay, though it is slow. What concerns me is the roughly equal numbers (at this point) who believe that turning the boat more slowly through the jybe reduces the chances of wrapping the chute. In my experience, the longer you take in the jybe, with the sail bouncing and billowing around, possibly collapsing in the lee of the main, the MORE likely a wrap is. It upsets me that so many people - theoretically sailors- would fail to see the flawed logic of their responses. IMHO a quick jybe avoids wrapping the chute around the headstay. It''s full on the first jybe, out in front of the boat, and then still full, still out in front of the boat, on the other jybe. The trick is to have the crew be able to jybe the pole as fast as the boat can turn. Boats jybe slowly to allow the crews time to jybe the poles, and THAT is when their spinnakers get wrapped around the headstay. Speed up the crew, speed up the turn, and you''ll avoid the wrap... or get a snuffer.
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