Originally Posted by mrkeith
hi, sorry in advance for the dumb question, but can someone tell me or refer me to a link which can explain, following a douse, how to quickly pack a spinnaker so its ready to go up and not get all tangled up. we seem to be having problems w/ this so i ve come seeking advise!
(My English might not work because I don’t know the names of the ends of the spinnaker)
You can have several possibilities, depending on how and what you want to do.
One is leave it on deck, (after you hoisted it first time) against the life lines, tied with elastic ropes. This is if you are using it often, such as in match race or such. You will need to leave it ready to launch, by keeping the sheets clear and towards the rear and the halyard end forward, so you can hoist it later, depending on your tack. As its coming down, you bring the 2 sheets together in the rear, on the side you’re keeping it tied. Pull down the spi holding it under your arms and between you and the life lines as you lower it, (do it fast) the halyard will come down and keep it forward.
If you have a bag pull the spi down by its middle and push it inside the bag, keeping the halyard end and sheet ends outside.
Other is having someone inside the boat, in the forward compartment, and as you bring the spi down, you pull from the middle of the spi, so that the halyard end and the sheet ends stay out of the hatch (the hatch for this must have nothing you might catch the spi.
Another solution is a ATN sock that you hoist and is really fool proof.
Also a good thing is write with marker wich end is which.
I have one side of my spinanakers with green edge for Stbd, and red edge for port..on all of them.. and names of what goes where, to help the forward idiots getting it right.