Re: Spinnaker Rigging
We were discussing the side load issues while sailing; Wear and tear on the lines and jamming Although, it didn't occur to me that the side load would affect the douse since we'll be dousing the asymmetric while running dead down wind as I don't intend to race with it. You make a really good point so I'm going to have to take a look at that.
The red/white line that his shackled to the mast is the uphaul. It's on an external block fractionally up the mast and is a small diameter line. Definitely not a spinnaker halyard. I use it for an uphaul on my whisker pole and, eventually, will use it for the uphaul on the spinnaker pole.
As for rigging the symmetric spinnaker, that's my next goal. I have to figure out how other Contessa owners fly the spinnaker since my mast is the "standard" one straight from the factory and should be designed for it... Fortunately, we've started a little, local class association so I'll be able to see how the others do it. I don't know how I can possibly gybe without the fore stay interfering at present. Resolving these issues is half the fun. :-)