Join Date: May 2011
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On the approach to the mark the foredeck crew raises the pole on what will be the windward side, downhaul can be drawn taunt, but left a little looser than you'd anticipate needing it. If it isn't already, the bag gets set on what will be the leeward side, opened, and halyard clipped on the chute. At about 1 boat length from the mark the spinnaker guy should get pre fed until the tack of the sail is at the pole. Immedietly after rounding the foredeck jumps the chute and the cockpit crew trims, leaving the foredeck free to drop the jib (assuming no roller furling).
A leeward takedown starts on the approach to the mark, jib up, foredeck in position, cockpit blows the guy, and the foredeck drops the halyard, nice easy douse starting at the active sheet. Foredeck clears the sail and immedietly gets the pole down and makes sure the jib is tackable. Now get your ass on the rail.
Also in agreement with the above comment about everyone knowing their and others' responsibilties. Each crew member should be able to recite all of these in case one crew is unable to perform a specific task for whatever reason. For example, on a boat with more crew you might need the sheet trimmer to jump to the pit position and adjust topping and foreguy while the pit is distracted helping to tail the guy. Talking through the process before you start each time is really helpful, besides, what else are you doing on the upwind leg?
Sailing a '74 Challenger 40' Ketch rig out of San Francisco