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Re: flying the asymm

I fly my asymm from the pole on the TACK.

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Re: flying the asymm

Are we: a) rigging the assym like a sym then, and using the pole, pulled aft, to get the whole sail out to windward of the main?

Or are we: b) using the pole to wing out the clew, as with a genny?

I don't get what the question is.

Nor am I crazy about assyms--they work on a broad reach where a genny would work pretty well, but when you "really" need a spinny to actually go *downwind*, they collapse in the blanket of the main. So it turns a run into a downwind "beat", back and forth on broad reaches.

Unless you just go wing and wing DDW, no pole needed nor helpful, but please pay attention to the helm, 'kay?

And I think they're more work to jibe, in a way, even without a pole, since the clew has to cover a whole lot more distance than it would with a sym, and if you're late or the driver heads up too quickly from DDW, the whole shebang gets plastered aback inside the headstay until you have to do two more jibes to clear it.

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Re: flying the asymm

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Assym on a pole is great! But it's also a lot more hardware than most cruisers want to deal with. Jack, so your pole works well without a bridal? The loads must be pretty big reaching, no?
I used a topping lift and downhaul rigged to the bails on the pole. This pole is actually for a dip pole gybe spinnaker.



This way more than most cruisers want to deal with. I takes about 5-6 people to gybe this spinnaker effectively.

I could have rigged to the pole end as in the picture above , but the winds were light. When reaching I would not use a pole.

This photo is a beam reach / close reach.


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I fly my asymm from the pole on the TACK.
That is quite common with the newer designs of asymm. The sail in my photos is a gennaker with the tack inside the pulpit and a tack strap around the furled genoa.

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That is quite common with the newer designs of asymm. The sail in my photos is a gennaker with the tack inside the pulpit and a tack strap around the furled genoa.
Right. I don't like those at all.

With a bit of tuning of the tack line you can get really good rotation to windward on the chute and increase projected area. By the time you're far enough on the wind to lose rotation you might as well fly a genoa.

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