How to use the spynaker on your boat?

The spinnaker should be well prepared in your bag. It can easily be folded or rolled up in the bag.

To fold the spinnaker properly, there is a certain method to follow. I have seen many sailors simply attach the two halyard lines, tie them to the top of the bag and then put the rest of the spinnaker in anyway. This gives you a 50% chance that the spinnaker will come out with a twist. To be absolutely sure that the spinnaker can be hoisted without problems, the spinnaker should be folded as follows:

1° Insert the foot assembly into the bottom of the codend, leaving the two slotted lines so that there is one on each side. 2° Two crew members shall each follow a luff line from the codend slot and place the foot assembly in the bottom of the codend, and place the lines on the edge of the bag while a third crew member third is placing the sail in the bag from the bottom.

It is better to spend some time folding the spinnaker than to hoist it with a trick. When it is half raised, it cannot be unfurled and the spinnaker must be lowered and the whole process repeated.

To prepare a spinnaker with wool, start with one of the three cuffs. Two cords are tied together and the fabric is rolled up like a salchi cha. Then tie a few wool threads with a little distance between them. In this way, if you start with the three cuffs, you will get a kind of star that is placed in the bag, leaving the three cuffs outside.

The wool should not be too weak so that it does not tear before time. If it is too thin, it can be used double or triple, but it should be noted that if it is too strong, it cannot break and the spinnaker

will not break and the spinnaker will not open. If the strands are too loose, they can sometimes slip off. If several strands are connected together, they form a fixed point that cannot be broken. In general, light spinnakers should not should not be reefed, because they do not open in light winds. I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to reef spinnakers, even the big ones. If they are hoisted downwind of the jib, they are not a problem. Although when the spinnaker is changed, the jib is not normally hoisted.

The jib is not normally hoisted.

In medium wind, the spinnaker will furl without any problem, even if it is inflated too early. If there is a lot of wind, a jib must be hoisted before changing, otherwise the spinnaker has to be hoisted with a lot of effort and the watch is exhausted when two are turning the winch handle at once.

The wool can be replaced by rubber bands. This requires a metal cylinder a few centimetres high and of sufficient diameter to accommodate the spinnaker. The rubber bands are placed around the cylinder and from time to time a rubber band is passed from the cylinder to the spinnaker. This is done from the three cuffs as we saw earlier, and when the spinnaker is ready it is held in a star shape.

Once the spinnaker is folded and in its bag, it is brought forward and to avoid losing it, the bag is attached to the balcony.

When the spinnaker is set up, place the mast on the spinnaker pole hook at the approximate height it should run, making sure the sheet runs over the spinnaker pole, otherwise the spinnaker pole will not open after a gybe. The tack is hooked, under the jib and in front of the fort. The rope is hauled in, the harness and backstay are tightened, the sheet is prepared by turning the winch once, and then all that is left is to hook the halyard so that everything is ready to be hauled in.

When we sail downwind, the jockey pool is put into position before hoisting. It’s easier to put it on before than after.

Once up, the spinnaker pole and sheet are adjusted and the jib is lowered. The jib should be lowered immediately, as in light winds the sail will not rise under the jib. You can find lot of sailing products in

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