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It makes life a little easier if you have two, but it can be done solo.
You genoa luff slides into a track in a foil. In order to take it down you need to unfurl it and ease the halyard while you pull the genoa down at the bow.
Keep the working sheet ( leeward) on a winch and trim the sail in, and cleat the sheet.
If you have help, someone just eases the halyard down slowly while you guide the luff out of the track and gather the sail at the same time. ( Keep the foot from going over the lifelines and into the water.)
It helps if you pick a windless day or at least light wind day.
If you're solo, I would bring the halyard forward with you to the bow, keeping tension on it. You would have to bring it back to the first fairlead block..probably at the base of the mast taking it out of any other leads. Then ease the halyard while you lower the sail as above.
It's pretty easy, just keep the sail out of the water, and try not to let any edges of the foil tear the luff.
Last edited by tempest; 10-29-2011 at 10:27 PM.