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· Mermaid Hunter
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JRP has it right. The ATN Tacker and similar bits of kit reduce the performance of asymmetric spinnakers. Adjustment of the tack line and halyard will allow you to fly the sail from a dead run to a beam reach. By easing the tack line on a broad reach or run you can get rotation of the sail to windward and expose more material to the wind and pick up boat speed. Tying the sail tack to the forestay will only slow you down.

The whole idea, in my opinion, responds to people wanting to "keep things under control" by constraining them instead of learning how to rig and trim optimally. Spins aren't nicknamed "kites" for nothing -- let them breath.
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