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Re: Dousing a cruising asym without blowing the tack?
Generally speaking I use the pole like a sym. At least I think from the few times I have been on boats that use symetrics. Also locally, you can go about 9-10" too long fromthe J measure and not get penalized the three seconds extra a mile. At least from the excell sheet I have from my clubs rater. My pole is also about 2-4" too long, ie 12' vs 11.8'.
Gybing is a bit of a challenge if you will. For long stretches open ocean sailing, an AS on a pole is faster than a sym. Bouy racing, shorter stretches, a sym is easier to use etc. As one has to bring the pole to center, release it, I outside gybe the AS, then rehook up the pole and then pull it out off center. A few more steps involved vs a Sym. For local racing the distances we have here on puget sound etc. personally I feel a sym is the better option. Then ifyou have an older boat that was designed for a Sym vs AS< they also seem to work better.
BUT< with that said.......an AS is a good sail to have in a bag onboard either way. As one can sail a bit tighter upwind vs a sym in lighter wind days etc. Even tho I am 10% small vs a full code 5 spin, ie a code 2 or 3 with a 9 sec credit, I can in many cases use this sail to my advantage vs a 155. A full sized code 5 maybe a 6 AS is in the cards some day!
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