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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?
The tack hooks are frequently used to change jibs when racing. Note that your head foil has two slots for the bolt ropes of jibs. Normally you set up the tack of the jib in the same side (port or starboard) that you'll put the boltrope.
To change the jib, run the second jib up the vacant grove in the foil and affix the tack to the vacant tack hook. Normally you do this by putting the new jib up on the windward side, therefore, if the old jib is in the port groove you'd, when on starboard tack, raise the new jib in the starboard grove and affix the tack to the starboard horn. Once you get the new jib up and a sheet or sheets affixed, you tack, trim in the new jib, and drop the old jib inside of the new jib.
It's straightforward but is sometimes physically demanding. That's why the skipper buys the first beer.