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Call me a fraidy cat, but it is MHO that nobody who, by their own admission, is "pretty clueless about the actual sailing part," should be hoisting a spinnaker on their own for the first time.

The Admiral and I each had some sailing experience before we bought our new-to-us Pearson P30 last season. (She on a 7m wood dinghy. Me as crew on a Pearson P28, many years ago.) We both took ASA 101 and 103 courses before buying the boat. We've had about a half season on her. I'm very anxious to fly the kites that came with the boat. We're not going to do it yet, because we're still "becoming one" with the whole sailing thing. When we feel we are ready to give it a go, we'll tap one of our fellow club members to go out with us and show us how it's done.

I'm not afraid of the spinnaker, but I do respect its increased demands.

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This was a great thread for me! My hubby and I are planning on trying our spin this season. Last weekend in 0 wind we practiced in our slip setting everything up. We have a 'sock'?...so the spin stays compact until you run up the 'sock'. We had a bit of trouble getting set up and both agreed we were glad we were at the slip and tied up.

It was a good practice run. This boat has more 'stuff' than our last sailboat and we've been slowly working up to this. We have found some club members who've set them on their own boats and they are willing to go out with us. Yippee!

Thanks for all the great info!
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Since I am in the same boat - I found a decent online resource. Racing Basics thought it might be of some interest as it relates to the thread - while targetted at having crew, diagrams etc come in handy...

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