Alison Chapman's Tips F11 Spinnaker Setting Procedure

1336 Hydromattic - Matt Stenta and Sam Holmes
1336 Hydromattic - Matt Stenta and Sam Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Chapman’s Tips

 

F11 Spinnaker Setting Procedure

 

(Assume you are approaching a rounding mark on a windward beat and will be setting the spinnaker after you round.

 

It is here that pre-planning will make it go much more smoothly in the actual set.)

 

 

 

1) Before the start, skipper and crew visualise the course and pack the spinnaker on the side that will be to leeward at the first rounding mark

 

2) Before rounding, skipper should ensure crew knows the intended new boat direction and wind angle after rounding, i.e. tight shy, 3/4 or square.

 

Skipper should also know and communicate the desired new course to the next mark, high or low, depending on the possible effect of following boats

 

3) Skipper, on approach to mark, calls crew to set up the pole, providing that you will be setting before gybing.

 

If intending to gybe around mark, pole set-up follows the gybe. For gybe first procedure, ignore 3), go to 6), then 7) b)}

 

4) Skipper releases the windward brace while still concentrating on sailing the boat to the mark

 

5) Crew moves into boat from gunwale and pulls pole launcher approx 400-500mm, so that end of pole is clear of the mast, reaches down to leeward and releases the spinnaker sheet AND the leeward tweaker. Crew then unhooks head of spinnaker (halyard) and pulls enough brace to allow placing it in the hook on the end of the pole

 

6) Round the mark (and gybe, if that is the planned action)

7) a) (Staying on same tack) Skipper tells crew he/she is hoisting, stands up with feet apart in a position to balance boat and pulls spinnaker halyard until spinnaker hits the top

 

Crew releases jib sheet with one hand, then immediately stands up, pulling pole launcher about 400 to 500mm as body rising. Crew ensures brace in pole hook, maintaining 2 fingers over to avoid it dropping out of hook. At same time, using other hand, pulling launcher as hard and fast as possible. As soon as fingers no longer needed over new brace, use both hands to complete pole launch, fast and completely {Go to 8)}

 

b) (gybing first) Skipper calls for gybe.

 

Crew releases jib sheet with one hand, ducks down and pulls boom over with the other, then immediately stands up, pulling pole launcher about 400 to 500mm as body rising.

 

Crew puts brace in pole hook, maintaining 2 fingers over to avoid it dropping out of hook.

 

At same time, using other hand, pulls launcher as hard and fast as possible. As soon as fingers no longer needed over new brace, use both hands to complete pole launch, fast and completely.

 

Skipper stands up with feet apart in a position to balance boat and pulls spinnaker halyard until spinnaker hits the top

 

8) Skipper eases brace to allow pole to go out and brings boat to new course, adjusting main as necessary. When pole fully out, skipper sets brace for correct pole angle to suit course

 

9) Crew reaches to leeward and grabs spinnaker sheet and fills sail

 

10) Crew raises centreboard and moves quickly to the correct balancing position to suit course, sheets kite as needed then sets jib sheet (off more being preferable to not enough)

 

11) Skipper checks vang, outhaul and cunningham tensions



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