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A good explanation of rigging a spinnaker..

and how (in my experience) there are about 12 ways to screw it up and you won't know it til you try to hoist, and I can usually think of 8 or 9 of them (I reminded myself of this once again last Sunday courtesy of jib sheets fouling spinny):

This from the movie "Body Heat", with William Hurt and Mickey Rourke at the top of their games--just mentally substitute the word "spinnaker" for "murder and arson" ;-)


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Re: A good explanation of rigging a spinnaker..

I used mine for the first time at the weekend - I flew it backwards, on the wrong side of the pole. I was wondering why it wouldn't go DDW! Doh!

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Re: A good explanation of rigging a spinnaker..

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I used mine for the first time at the weekend - I flew it backwards, on the wrong side of the pole. I was wondering why it wouldn't go DDW! Doh!
That's good, but you haven't hit the "Big Time" 'til you've raised it upside down, and sideways.



In front of the yacht club...

Or at the second windward mark of a really big race..

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that's good, but you haven't hit the "big time" 'til you've raised it upside down, and sideways.



In front of the yacht club...

Or at the second windward mark of a really big race..

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Re: A good explanation of rigging a spinnaker..

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That's good, but you haven't hit the "Big Time" 'til you've raised it upside down, and sideways.



In front of the yacht club...

Or at the second windward mark of a really big race..

;-)
Try it some time. Of course, that means figuring out how to get the Pole up to the Masthead, but note that the working belly of the sail is above all the fouled wind that the others are dealing with.






Another advantage of an upside down spinnaker among friends- it can be shared:



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Re: A good explanation of rigging a spinnaker..

I singlehand my symmetric often. I haven't hoisted it sideway/upside down yet, but I've had some pretty choice wraps around the forestay during gybes.
Sometimes I was able to un-gybe and re-gybe the wraps out, and sometimes I have to drag the whole mess down, re-rig and re-launch.

The power that a spinnaker has is amazing, to my mind. On my boat, a hot reach even in light air will really get her truckin'.
I singlehanded a race from Annapolis to Oxford last summer. Downwind nearly all the way. The wind built to nearly 20 near the end of the downwind leg. I don't mind admitting that I was pretty intimidated. The tiller pilot doesn't react fast enough when she gets rolling, and I *need* the boat DDW to get the chute down.

After 2 tries, there was a lull in the rollers long enough for the TP to hold me on course. Quickest douse I ever made. Barely had time to make the sign of the cross before I blew the halyard. Good times.

Edit- Here's a minute of footage during the ALDR. Ideal conditions, no scary winds, but the A and B boats were overhauling me pretty quick, which was intimidating.


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