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Gybe set, gybe drop

What does it mean? ( Gybe set / Gybe drop )

I see this words at RYA Race Training Exercises booklet, page 16.

Explain me, please.
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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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Re: Gybe set, gybe drop

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Re: Gybe set, gybe drop

As said, it's a bit slower because you have to get the pole up there in a hurry after the jibe.

But often it's a great way to get clear air if most of the others are just bearing off and not jibing.

And downwind with spinnys, clean air for the whole leg is worth lots more than brilliance, cunning and great boatspeed but dirty air.
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Re: Gybe set, gybe drop

They are both terms used to describe making the foredeck guy's life a lot more panicked
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Re: Gybe set, gybe drop

On a windward/ leeward race which tend to have legs in the 1 mile range around here unless the course is setup really bad or there has been a wind shift so big the race should be re-started the gybe-set is pretty much SLOW

If we do what they call a navigator race around here when there could be all kinds of wacky rounding its killer IF you can do it right

We call the other a weather take down and it is handy in big wind as once you can get the chute unloaded enough to trip it off the pole its easy to drag it around the headfoil and let the Genoa help you drop it

The other advantage is how much less stuff will need to be moved on the next hoist on a short course

Most of this is make or brake by the helm person NOT turning the boat until the chute is under control

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