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MOB procedure with Spinnaker up?
A couple of years back at a Storm Trysail Club session on MOB procedures we learned about quick-stop as an alternative to the slow turn or reach/return type methods. Essentially, the idea is to not let the boat get far from the MOB. Someone goes over, you tack. All standing. Even with the chute up. When you get way on, you turn back to the MOB, either by tacking or gybing -- whaever works for you in the particular situation you''re in to get you back to the victim asap. Available crew work to douse and/or trim what they can, obviously. I was amazed at the results.
With the spinnaker up in 15-18knots of wind, it plastered itself against the shrouds, forestay and mast, and then pretty much collapsed to leeward of the main when we gybed. We were fully crewed, so it dissapeared below shortly after that.
Most importantly, however, we were back at the cushion I had tossed overboard in about 45 seconds. Without crew it would have been messy, and possibly a windfall for our sailmaker, but the timing would have been about the same. The main problem we had was slowing or stopping the boat at the victim, so as to not rip his arms off if we caught them as we passed. I am a full convert. It worked with the chute up, with the working jib, the 150, and any combination of them on any heading -- even in the middle of spinnaker gybes. We must have done a dozen or more practice stops that day. Backing our sails goes against everything we''ve been taught as Marconi rigged sailors, but, like heaving to, it works. All you have to do is try it.