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Re: Whisker pole questions
1. Poles should hang ON the pins... ie jaw opening up.
2. 160 is pretty wide for 'by the lee'.. the whisker pole won't help the 'close to accidental gybe' aspect of running by the lee, and in fact if you're willing to run by the lee the whisker pole is not as necessary... the jib will stay full more easily on its own. So as far as by the lee angles the whisker pole is not a factor. Wave action, mainsail sheeting and driver's attention are all bigger issues.
3. I suppose you could, but you'll not be getting proper trim on the jib with the pole left on. If it was a short gybe to avoid an obstacle followed by an early gybe back then OK... Also if it's windy and you end up rounding up out of the gybe you might 'stuff' the pole end in the water - a good way to break something.
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