Just three things to remember, above all:
Bring someone experienced on board and practice extensively all movements under different wind and possible point of sail conditions before you decide you no more need his services.
Define port and starboard clews beforehand; spinnaker pole is always extended to windward.
Retrieve the spinnaker behind (leeward) the main sail, pulling quickly and letting go down the cabin, where you can sort the bits and pieces afterwards.
PS: Symmetrical spinnakers need constant trimming and balancing, while asymmetricals and gennakers are much easier and safer!
Last edited by chrondi; 10-29-2006 at 04:55 PM.