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Might be a west coast thing. We’ve always called the unloaded sheet and guy “lazy”. Yes, we shortened the proper name from “Spinnaker After Guy” down just to “guy”. Foreguy is still foreguy, but sometimes shorted to “downhaul”. “Spinnaker topping lift” is shortened to just “topper”. Might not be correct to Hoyle, but we all seem to understand each other on the boat, which after-all is the most important thing.
When we’re dip-pole gibing, we first trip the loaded guy resulting in the trimmers now free-flying the sail on both sheets. We then dip the pole under headstay and connect it to the (soon to be former) lazy guy. The last step is to square the pole/trim the (now new loaded) guy and release the (now) new lazy sheet. For me, the limiting factor on the end-for-end gybe is the ability of the forepeak (or mast) man to push out the but end of the pole and reattach it to the spinnaker ring on the mast car. This is a function of boat size, sail size, wind speed, and age of the forepeak man. On my 34’ mast head rigged boat in S.F. Bay, we dip pole. I end-for-end gybe on a 36’ and a 38’ fractional rigged boat.
Last edited by GeorgeB; 10-15-2007 at 08:15 PM.