Spinnaker Sheet

On the leeward side, at least on bigger boats, the spinnaker sheet will be doing the work while a "lazy guy" attached to the same clew is slacked off also waiting for the jibe. Again, on smaller boats, a single line will serve both purposes. The angle at which the spinnaker sheet attaches to the sail is dictated by the position of the fairlead block, and it has a large effect not only on the draft, but also on the amount of twist in the leech. When spinnakers are used on a reach, the amount of twist is important in the same way twist in a headsail is used to reduce the power of the sail. In light winds keep the lead position forward, closing the leech and adding power to the sail. As the wind increases, gradually move the lead aft, depowering the top of the sail and reducing heel.

The afterguys are clearly visible on both of these boats holding the spinnaker pole aft.

The afterguys are clearly visible on both of these boats holding the spinnaker pole aft.

The foreguy is keeping the outboard end of the spinnaker pole from rising.

Continue to do this until you get to a point when you are sailing in strong winds and want the lead all the way aft. This will flatten the foot and open the top of the sail.

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