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Re: Gybe set, gybe drop
A gybe set is when you round a windward mark, gybe and then set the spinnaker. This is done to get you on the preferred tack sooner, but delays the set slightly because you can't preset the pole.
A gybe drop is similar, at the leeward mark you gybe before dropping the spinnaker.. also known as a windward takedown.. generally you clear the pole and fly the kite without the pole until the gybe/rounding , then the spinnaker is quickly pulled down to windward.
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