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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?
For those of you who'd like to play with your chutes in heavier weather without drama like this, run your sheets farther forward, about where your head sail fairleads to the winches. With the sheets all the way aft it's pretty obvious how the chute is lifting the stern.
In 1969 I picked up a 49' TransPac class B winner (won in '63 but was no longer competitive) for a great price. She was a Rhodes design; fast and lovely but it was a lousy cruising boat, by the way. We had seven chutes, all different sizes, weights and shapes, (23 bags of sails, total), from an 5 knot max up to 45 or more, depending on one's intestinal fortitude. But the TransPac is pretty much a down wind race. It's been said that an old lady in a bath tub can sail to Hawaii from SoCal. No navigation needed; just follow the jets' contrails.
Now going BACK, that's another thing entirely!