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Old 11-07-2006
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Anyone done this???!!!

Spinnaker Flying... read carefully...

Anchor stern to. Tie a Bosuns chair between the two tacks of the chute (with the head of the chute attached to the boat), climb into the chair and push apart the tacks with the hands. The wind fills the chute and whooosh, the child/adult is wayyyyyyy up in the air.

I have never sween this in person but read about it in Cruising with CHildren. No lie... I about had a heart attack thinking about my kids up there! Still, apparently, it is a favorite passtime with cruising kids??? All I can say is WOW! Six Flags on steroids.
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I've only seen pics of this as well - if you decide to try it don't forget to put some sort of sheet on as well or your child might be launched over the masthead!!

I've always thought it looks like fun, but everyone knows that spinnakers can collapse unexpectedly.... then what?.. and how much faith do you have in your anchor? I'm imagining trying to get your kid out of the sky before they are swung into the rig of the nearest boat.......
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Faster,

I think making sure there were no boats anywhere near you downwind as the key. Also , I have seen them attach a sepearte line to one of the tacks to pull them around and douse the chute (to get someone down).

Still, a deep water anchorage... I don't know. Might be fun. I would have to try it first, I think! You can let out line from the halyard to get it further from your boat and more lift on the sail.

Probably safer though than many of the things I did when I was a kid though...
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We used to call this "spinaker flying". It's hecka fun. We used to do this anchored out at Tinsley Island in the CA delta. Although I think our version may have been a bit safer. We did not use a bosun's chair. Rather we used a line with a knot in it and hung on tight. Once flying out over the water, we would let go and drop into the water before the chute collapsed. Six Flags on steroids, YES brother.
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Wow that looks like fun!

Google search to the rescue:
http://images.google.com/images?q=Sp...l&start=0&sa=N
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I tried this on a charter in mexico. It was fun, but not completely without risk. There is a lot of power behind that spinaker. Our boat was big (~65 ft) but it took two fully grown men to control the spinaker.
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It does not look like a childrens activity(based on google pix). If I were you, I would try it myself first. YeeHaw!
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Regading whether it is a childrens activity, that was kinda the same thing I thought... but, if you did it in light airs I guess with a line attached back to the boat (on the tack) for control, I guess it would be ok.

As a parent, thinking about my kids doing this, gave me a small heart attack. Then I thought back about all the nutty things I did as a kid... and I guess maybe this isn't so bad!!

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PS I got this out of a Cruising with Children book that said it was a favorite among cruising kids.
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... just remember: many accidents start as an innocent playgame. My line of action is always safety first and fun, if any, last!
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... just remember: many accidents start as an innocent playgame. My line of action is always safety first and fun, if any, last!
Reminds me of a show John Stossle (sp?) did a number of years back called something like "Fail Safe America". Get real. There is inherent risk just leaving your home. And yes, accidents do happen.

I've done this. It's hecka fun and no animals were injured in the filming.
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