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post #26 of Old 01-28-2010
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Originally Posted by Harvester View Post
Wait a minute! You heave to with the symetrical spinnaker poled up? And you say the procedure is the same as with the jib? Wow! I'm looking forward to a sailing day with some 5 or 6 kt wind to try it...
Honestly, in downwind conditions when you're most likely have someone go swimming, it isn't going to be blowing 4-5 kts. If it's light, almost anything will work, but at 20kts+ true (this is when a good hard round up or down is going to drop someone over the side) I'm pretty sure you'd loose your kite, possible bend or break the pole, and end up with an unholy mess that could really jeopardize the rig well before you got back the the MOB.
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