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Re: Gybing spinnaker on J24
To me the most critical issue is that the crew trimming the spinnaker keep it square to the wind direction through out the jibe, otherwise it will tend to collapse regardless of what else is or is not happening.
When the spinnaker is off the pole it's angle to the wind is more difficult to eyeball so I try to have one person coordinate the simultaneous adjusting of both lines. In a J24 one person can handle both the sheet and guy alone, one in each hand, focused on keeping the sail square.
The trick is to rotate the spinnaker the opposite direction of the jibe, so the sail in effect keeps a constant, correct angle to the wind as the boat turns beneath it.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 02-05-2017 at 09:12 PM.