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A very rough rule of thumb is to have the pole at right angles to the wind. So against the headstay (almost, don't strain the headstay) when beam reaching, and straight out to the side on a dead run.

and as you've discovered, spinnys don't luff, they curl in on the windward edge. So you trim in quickly (or bear off) just enough to put that curl back to sleep.

Actually spinnys do luff, but we call that a "collapse" ;-)

Soon you'll be saying "blow the guy" without thinking it strange....
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