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Has anyone had any experience using the TWISTLE dual headsail rig as recommended by John Vigor in his books? If so, what is your opinion?

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I'm not familiar with the book or the author but have used an Assym and Genoa downwind, both poled back with the main set about 15* off centerline. It works well on a non IOR boat dead downwind and lets ya go real deep. The only issue is driving into the back of a wave too hard if the sea is up. Don't try it on an IOR boat or you'll be double dippin'.
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That's merely flying wing-and-wing. I think he's talking about a dual headsail that has a single luff, and is poled out using two linked poles. I've seen one in use once, but have never used the setup myself.

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The one that's hanked on the centerline and looks like a batwing kite? It seems like it might be harder to handle and douse/reef than a Solent rig or a twin forestay setup with two genoas, big and biggerer.

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Close Valiente, but this rig has the leeches forward of the bow, the reverse of most twin headsails sharing a luff. The theory is that this spills the wind forward and prevents the rock and roll of downwind sailing. The only place I've seen it referenced is in John Vigor's book, A Small Boat to Freedom. Vigor is a fairly well known author on sailing and his books are advertised in many sailing magazines and catalogs.
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There is a pretty good descusion on this on the ssca board.
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