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Home >> Technical >> Flyaway Spinnaker Pole
06/04/2011 08:57:59

Dale Giles
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What do people think to a fly away spinnaker pole, at the minute I don?t have a regular crew, and the crews I normally have are not 15 stone heavy weights. More like 10 stone, and can do the pole easily until the spinnaker starts thrashing around on the Gybe, in a force 4 or above. 

Now Nigel at PSC has a fly away pole and it seems to work perfect, especially as my younger sister sails with him. So could I have peoples thought and if you have a fly away system how have you rigged it etc.

Which side of the boom do you have it?

How much purchase do you have on the elastic inside the boom?

How have you routed the rope, does it go to the crew or helm?

Currently my twinning lines are led to the helm, they may get moved back to the crew depending on if the helm has the pole to pull as well. The crew has to do something, not just look good. 

Now just in case I am getting the order of using the spinnaker here is how I do it:

Hoist
twinning line on
guy in the pole
pole out at same time spinnaker goes up
pull pole up on the uphaul

Gybe
leeward twinning line on
pole uphaul let off
windward twinning line off
Gybe over grabbing the boom
crew pops up and spins the pole around
pull pole up on the uphaul again



23/04/2011 16:55:20

Nick Hurst
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Nigel Williams has helpfully provided his notes and diagrams for a fly-away or auto launched spinnaker pole set up. It can be found on the technical pages here: http://www.fireballsailing.org.uk/page/page.php?editorial_id=18

PS. PDF version still to come...



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