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Flying a spinnaker singlehanded

I sail a 17'' planing dinghy primarily singlehandedly and recently started getting experience flying a spinnaker in 5-10 kts. So far I''ve had reasonably good success but would appreciate input on a couple of issues: 1) the rigging diagram shows the "lazy" spinnaker sheet run between the tack line and the furled jib; when jibing, it''s fairly tricky to pull the leach across this narrow slot without wrapping on the tack and/or jib. Alternative is to run it in front of the tack line but downside is possiblilty of losing the lazy sheet beneath the boat... Anybody have experience/advice here? 2) the spinnaker is designed to be used with a "continuous" sheet; so far it''s worked fairly well but I can see the potential for line wraps/snags putting you in at risk for capsize. I''ve heard of other''s who have pitchpoled larger boats with a continuous jib sheet which snagged. Alternative is to cut the jib sheet and install cleats so you could more readily blow the spinnaker if in trouble. Any experience and/or input would be much appreciated.
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I have not sailed with an assymetrical on a dinghy and I am not sure why the manual suggests running the sheet inside the tack, but on larger assymetricals, where there is a bowsprit, the lazy sheet runs either inboard or outboard of the tack depending on crew preference and deck layout (more often outboard than inboard) but outboard of the tack where there isn''t a sprit. On a lot of boats a small length of batten is taped to the bow or the sprit to prevent the lazy sheet from dropping below the boat. I can see why you would want to have a single continuous line in a dinghy rather than deal with the much greater length of line necessary to separate sheets. Also continuous lines means that you are clearing the lazy sheet as you overhaul the active sheet. With discontinuous sheets you have two lines to handle.

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Jeff, thanks for the great input. My boat does have a small bowsprit about 12" long. I''ll try the batten on the bowsprit but image you can still lose the lazy sheet during the jibe since the clew can end up well in front of the boat during the jibe (once the boat is running dead downwind).
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