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Re: Wing on Wing
Jackdale is a sailing instructor, so he know of what he speaks.
However... I think some of these guys are making WnW sound scarier than it is. No, you don't need a whisker pole but it sure makes it easier. You can use a spinnaker pole too, it's just not adjustable.
In the shot that I posted it is a spin pole that we are using. Normally the downhaul and topping lift are on the pole ends as it is a dip pole gybe set up. I used a couple of bales that are mid-pole.
Do it, just do it in lighter air. Don't do it in 20 kts of breeze. A gybe in air like that could clobber somebody or blow your mainsheet block apart (don't ask how I know
It's not hard, it just requires that you pay attention. WnW is not necessarily the time to check your text messages, or get into a lengthy conversation with crew.
I have a pretty good feel for the wind.
I use the Windex rather than the wind instruments to visualize the wind. A shroud mounted tell tale also works well.
Looking up at a Windex a lot can be uncomfortable.
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