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Re: Choreography To Walk the Jib around the Rigging
Zz4gta's description sounds a lot like how I do it. "Walking " it around is slow and cumbersome. I stand at the mast, and lean towards the sail, arm outstretched waiting for the sail to backwind. As soon as the sail hits my arm I use my whole arm and shoulder to fling the sail around the mast. I then grab the lazy sheet and give it a tug to make sure it doesn't foul. If it is really light I might step to the low side and induce heel and help the sail clear the shrouds on the new tack. I am then in perfect position to skirt the sail. After I skirt I may move quickly up to the high side to give the sail a little bit of a pump. The result is a form of roll tacking with an economy of movement that is important in light air.
As for back winding the sail, there is nothing wrong with it as such, in fact it is a critical component of a good tack. Spreader damage happens when the release is late and the sail is allowed to plaster itself on the rig before releasing. Early releases that allow the sail to flog are very slow, and they don't do the sail any favors either.
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig