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Re: Whisker Pole Questions
Steve, when I eyeball a picture of a Ranger 20, it looks like you have a 7/8 fractional rig. Masthead boats have greater speed potential than frac boats wing-on-wing (frac’s are “better” as spinnaker boats), we must “dance with the girl we bring to the party”. You want to do a couple of things to maximize your whiskerpoling. Clip your whiskerpole “jaws up” on the sheet – not through the knot. That way, the pole will drop free and not get hung up in the knot when you gybe. On this boat you want to consider doing this during your gybes: The bow man grabs the lazy sheet. Then trips the pole at the mast and connects the lazy sheet. He then trips the old clew end and puts that on the mast. All the while, the afterguard is gybing the boat. Depending upon size of the genoa and crew coordination, you may elect to trip the loaded clew end first.
People who don’t have whisker poles are compelled to go DDW which is dead slow. With a pole, you want to always keep the wind perpendicular to your boom. Which, because of where your lower aft stays are placed, will put you at about 170* AWA. Your whiskerpole should be on the same plane as your boom. I have found that the best length for the pole is 90% of your LP’s length. You do want to have some curvature to the genoa as it is also generating lift as well as being “pushed”. You can see this by placing leech tell tales on your genoa (you should already have leech tell-tales on your main). When I am in the groove, both sets of leech tell tales are flying. The boom points to leeward and the pole to windward. I have been very successful racing in a JAM class culminating in a national championship.
BTW, where in Idaho do you sail?
2000 Catalina 34 MkII
Last edited by GeorgeB; 06-02-2014 at 06:28 PM.