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Re: Rigging for a Spinnaker
Re: tack pennants
I would really recommend a line back to the cockpit (preferably 2:1 purchase) to control the tack. Close / beam reaching you want to bring the tack down close to pulpit. Broad reaching you want to ease the tack up. The tack strap keeps the tack pennant off the pulpit. You can attach the clew to the snap shackle and blow the tack, if necessary.
Also - when you fly chutes ensure that you keep the main. If you need to get the sail down using the dousing bag, you need to blanket the chute with the main. Also better balance. If you are in light air, center the main to get more air to the chute.
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