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post #2 of Old 08-25-2003
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Flying a spinnaker single-handed

I fly an asymetrical on my 43'' single handed. I use a sock and the tacker. Asyms are definately not running sails. I really can''t sail below 140 degrees apparent. If you want to run you can try winging the sail out on a whisker pole or fly the chute alone without the main. The equipment all works very well but I should add that an auto pilot makes this all possible single handed. I have heard of set ups where everything can be done from the cockpit but I have not seen one and would be interseted in how this is rigged. Depending on the design of your boat, if you want to go dead down wind with your asym you should reach and gybe. Sometimes the fastest route between two points is not a straight line. It''s easy to do with a tacked asym.
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