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Re: Researching spinnakers
I am impressed. However, it seems someone else or an autopilot has the helm in each of these.
Another thing is that this guy (he is one of the more experienced short hand sailors in Norway) like to use what he calls ASOP (Asymmetric Overlength Pole).
He uses an Asymmetric spinnaker with a spinnaker pole that is J + 1 meter (approximately) long.
The asymmetric is set in the traditional way with and adjustable tack line in front of the head sail. In addition to this he have two spinnaker guys attached to the tack of the sail.
The idea is that he set the asymmetric in the usual fashion, the sail is also gybed on the outside.
The spinnaker pole is used to pull the the tack to windward on deeper angles and also move the sail center forward on sharper angles.
This setup is penalized on the boats rating but it is worth it
On my boat the asymmetric is set on a bowsprit but I have rigged guys so I can use the spinnaker (normal length) to move the tack to windward on deeper angles.