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Re: 130 genoa & running with the wind
Jibs become useless on a deep broad reach, and the larger the jib, the more useless.
they become useful again if you either:
a) Head up to a "higher" broad reach and trade the extra distance for speed
b) bear off to a dead run and try to wing it out, "wing and wing". But this requires constant attention to the helm, and you're always on the edge of a jibe if you overcorrect too far to leeward. A pole will help, but a 130 needs more pole than you really want to put out there.
I would do a), I think; or do b) with maybe a 110 jib and a more reasonable size pole
Or, just set a symmetrical spinnaker (remember these, kids? and dial phones?? ;-), overtrim it a little for less trouble, and make time to leeward on a deep broad reach. Just steer carefully, and watch astern for dark clouds. But yeah, I do believe in spinnies as a useful cruising tool. But sym over assym for me, assyms are just "big jibs" and won't go deep downwind without getting blanketed.
Last edited by nolatom; 08-20-2013 at 05:49 PM.