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Re: twistle rig
I found a reference to twisle yard or rig in John Vigo's book Small boat to freedom. A great read with lots of useful anecdotes that was lent to me by the boats latest owner Les Wilson.
Living in South Africa, John found it in an article in British copy of Yachting World and rigged one up before escaping the aparthide troubles .
A pair of poles linked at one end and flown forward of the mast on a halyard to pole out a pair of jibs, one on each side, such that the clews are able fly forward of their tacks in a deep V. It becomes a free swinging unit floating about the forestay.
Apparently, it greatly reduced downwind roll and unwanted motion.
He says he used it on his trade wind passage Cape Town to St Vincent very successfully in his 31ft yacht Freelancer. I can see it would keep the head of the boat very firmly downwind.