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Old 05-23-2008
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What an honest and brutal self-assessment.

Is this an asymmetrical spinnaker or a symmetrical spinnaker? Are you using a pole?

The biggest danger is probably a spinnaker induced broach and knockdown. The second biggest danger is an accidental gybe. When learning to sail with a spinnaker... try sailing on a broad reach or run, rather than closer to DDW. That reduces the accidental gybe risk.

A Camper Nicholson 31 is a pretty good boat, and will help keep you out of trouble IMHO. Some boats are far more squirrelly and will tend to help get you into trouble under a kite.

Just remember, if it feels like the spinnaker is going to knock the boat down or cause it to broach...let go of the active sheet and then recover the spinnaker after things get back under control.

P.S. Plumper's advice is geared towards a symmetrical spinnaker... and his point about getting the sheets tangled around the screw is a valid one, but if you're not motor sailing, not too much of a risk if you sail with the prop locked.
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