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Are the rings attached to the lines? If not, you are most likely looking at the remains of a douser. Usually they are a long sleeve of fabric. The rings would be attached to the fabric. This way the lines don't get all tangled when you pull all the rings to the top.
 

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At the top of the rig should be a double loop - most likely steel. The top of the spin gets attached to the bottom (inside) and the top of the loop gets attached to the spin halyard. On the bottom loop there should also be a block.

Now it is easier to explain what you are trying to do then give you specific instructions.

Once the top of the spin is attached to the top of the sock raise the sock up on the halyard. The loops should fall down around the spin so that it is quenched. On the bottom loop there should be some way of raising the loops - one or more lines should go to the block up on top. Usually this line is rigged as a continuous loop. Pull one side, the loops should slide up the sail until they are all bunched at the top. Pull the other side and it should pull the loops down to the bottom quenching the sail.

In strong winds you will not be able to pull down if the spin is full of air so you are going to have to dump it before you can douse it.

Does this help?

Usually the sock is 10 or so feet shorter than the sail. this is to make it easier (so they say but I disagree) to get the clew and tack hooked up. So do not be surprised if it seems a little short. Underway you would drop the halyard that ten feet to get the bottom of the sock to deck level, dump the sail and then quench it.

Also, look at the top of the hoist - climb the mast in calm wind if you can. The rings will be banging against the forestay and may also be moving the top of the spin away from the boat. You need to be careful about chafe.

Fair winds and following seas :)
 
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