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Talking My first race as skipper!

Woo hoo! I skippered 4 races with a very novice crew yesterday. We only attempted to fly the spinnaker once on the first race since the guys I was with had little to no experience with the spinnaker. I thought it went pretty and we were somewhat competitive on the upwind legs. Downwind we got killed obviously.

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Congratulations!

One of these days, I want to learn how to fly a chute...
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Thanks DJ. If it were not for racing I would know absolutely nothing about the spinnaker! I still get fouled up from time to time but I think that's par for the course
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congrats. how did the races go?
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Well we came in 4th out of 4 boats in each of the 4 races We just couldn't compete downwind without the spinnaker!
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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! Keep working at flying the spinnaker!!!! one of these days you will be making the turn at the upwind mark. You will call for the spinnaker hoist and it will fill with a "bang" and hold on to your hat. off you will be on the downwind run just gaining time and positions.
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Congrats - there is nothing like racing and the adrenaline that goes with - and the satisfaction of just knowing you finished! Good luck on the next one!
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Thanks for the kind words folks! I am supposed to skipper again but may end up crewing if I can't find people who know how to fly the spinnaker
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You pay traveling expenses? hahaha I'll work the bow.
The spin definitely takes team work. Good trimmers, a good bowman, and a helmsman that doesn't wander off going downwind!

Check out these sites,
http://www.hmc.edu/org/sailing/saili...innaker How-To
http://www.bentchikou.com/Sail/Spin_...nnaker Dousing
Sailing World - Fast 420 Spinnaker Set

or do some searches on google for more info.
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some how my links are all jacked up. But searching for spinnaker hoist, set, douse, should turn up great info that's helped me a lot. And tell the trimmers to wait until just before the halyard is up to trim in the sheet, otherwise, you'll be grinding on the halyard, and grinding is slooooow.
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