Leeward takedown

• Remove the spinnaker pole.

• Heel the boat to windward.

• Drop the spinnaker quickly.

• Clean up the lines so the boat can tack.

• At the mark rounding trim the main in fast to help the helmsman turn the boat.

This crew left it too late to lower the spinnaker and in their haste they dropped it in the water.

This crew left it too late to lower the spinnaker and in their haste they dropped it in the water.

quickly is gathered in under the foot of the headsail. The problem with spiking the sail when you approach the mark at a close wind angle is that the spinnaker can sometimes get wrapped around the shrouds, or worse yet, float aft and get caught up in the mainsheet gear. Although it might seem reckless to just let go of the halyard, the sail will not end up in the water and the douse will work quite well. As was the case with the windward drop, the jib should have been hoisted before doing anything to the chute, and one of the crew should make sure that the halyard and guy are ready to run.

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