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Re: Flying the Gennaker
I guess I should have said they used to be widely raced. Back in the '90s there were some pretty big fleets. Perhaps they have died off.
I can't say that I have ever seen a race boat fly a spinnaker from a halyard that is inside the foretriangle. I also have not found any pics of a Merit doing so. There ARE plenty of pics of Merits flying spins outside the foretriangle. There were 780 Merits built, and I am guessing that they weren't all equipped with the same masts.
Maybe it is just semantics. What you call genoa halyards actually exit the mast in such a way that they are dual purpose. Perhaps they exit on either side of the forestay attachment?
I agree that the default side to douse on is to be set up for a bear-away set, but I have been in plenty of races where we were reasonably sure we wanted a gybe set at the next top mark, and have doused accordingly. Sometimes we changed our minds, but then sometimes we changed our minds about a bear-away too. The point was it doesn't matter which halyard you are on, you can hoist or douse on either side. (Unless of course you are using some very unconventional halyard arrangement that prohibits it?)
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