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jibsheets while spinnaker''''s up
It''s all about leaving yourself options.
You never know when something is going to foul up and require a last minute tack right before the set, or a quick tack right after the takedown. And you don''t want to be the person making that impossible. Hence, it''s really important to keep the Genoa sheets forward of the pole topping lift.
Assuming a "standard" starboard tack bear away set, a dip pole gybe onto port, and a takedown rounding staying on port tack, the trick is set up with the lazy (starboard) Genoa sheet lying on top of the end of the pole outboard of the topping lift attachment point. Then, at the gybe, that Genoa sheet falls off the end of the pole, but you lift the new (port) one on:
Prepare for the gybe: Loads of slack in the port Genoa sheet, which you grip in the crook of your left elbow. Port Spinnaker guy in you left hand, thumb pointing toward the clew of the sail. This is important because you''ll find yourself in the heat of the action holding some loose bight of line that leads God-knows-where, and you want to remember which way to snap it in to the pole end without having to stop and gander around. This hand also grips the bow pulpit for balance, unless you''re lucky enough to be an actual monkey, in which case you can just wrap your tail around the headstay.
After the trip, your right hand reaches for the end of the pole as it comes smoothly toward you under the expert control of your skilled mast/pit crew. (Translation: Right forearm warding off the end of the pole so you don''t get your face smashed in.)
At the trip, The spinnaker clew rises up and away, and the starboard Genoa sheet falls off the end of the pole. Or not, you don''t care.
Grab that pole end, and raise your left arm high enough so that the pole passes under the Genoa sheet that''s in the crook of your elbow, or that has slid onto your shoulder depending upon how high you raised your arm. Bring your left hand down, snap the port spinnaker guy into the pole end with your thumb pointing forward, shove the pole forward with all your might and interrupt that annoying screaming sound coming from aft by shouting "Made!"
Now walk the clew of the Genoa forward of the foreguy attachment point and haul it back on the starboard side of the boat, without detaching anything.
At this point you''re free and clear to hoist the Genoa on port tack, and also, as soon as the chute has been tripped, to tack it or gybe it over the pole if needed, leaving detaching lines and cleaning up for later.