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Re: Flying the Gennaker
Fill the gennaker somewhere between a beam reach and broad reach depending on wind strength. That should give it lots of air.
When you gybe make sure the sail is powered up; I may head up slightly in light air. Center the main. Do the gybe quickly and let the lazy sheet go while hardening the new working sheet as quickly as possible. Once the gennaker is flying, ease out the main. Check that lazy sheet is over the pulpit, not under the boat.
If the gennaker starts to collapse head up a bit and harden the sheet. After it fills, bear away slowly while easing out the sheet until it curls at the shoulder, then harden it slightly.
Two should be able to fly it.
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