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You can fly it and it is one of the things we do for race practice as after exploding a carbon pole it became pretty important to know how


I would still recommend the pole
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... it is one of the things we do for race practice as after exploding a carbon pole it became pretty important to know how
How does it compare to simply swapping in, say, a lightweight 155% genoa? In terms of performance, I mean.
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IMHO, I think it is not sound advice to suggest you can fly a symmetrical spinnaker off the bow. It just doesn't make sense to take one of the clews on a symm kite to the bow (thus making it a tack). That would put the other clew way to high off the water, which causes two issues. For one, the spinnaker sheet wouldn't clear the boom unless you ran a stout twinger amidships. For two, you'd never be able to properly trim the sail no matter if you were on a close or broad reach. Running, forget about it!

I've attached a shot of us flying my symmetrical spinnaker, and a photo of another boat flying an assym (the pink kite). Just take a look at how that symm kite is built and try to imagine attaching one of the clews to the bow. Can you see what would happen to that shoulder on the upper right portion of the sail? How about the left side? What about the foot? Notice the difference in cut between the two photos. Would be UGLY!! This hopefully gives a clear picture of how these two sail types are cut differently.
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I'd agree with the last two posts.... this sail is not designed for this type of use... yes, it may "work", but it won't really be ideal - the luff length of a symm is going to be quite short, and to tack it on the bow means you're going to have a lot of halyard between the sail and the mast... not a recipe for stabiliy, IMO.

That said, playing with it in light air seems the way to go to start.. but be prepared to drop it if things start to heat up.
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