First Time Spinnaker Handling ….

The VC has made a good point in that we should start a series of articles on the FF Blog aimed at people climbing aboard a Flying Fifteen for the first time.  We shall eventually build it out into a new section of the website I suspect.  The first one we’ll have a go at here, is who-does-what in spinnaker hoisting, dropping and gybing in a boat with a spinnaker chute. Very importantly, you read it as a timeline down the page and on the left are the Helm’s responsibilities, and on the right the Crew Member’s….

Obviously, if this turns out to be clear, we’ll do one for boats fitted with bags….

                                         Spinnaker Handling
      Helm      Crew
HOIST
Uncleat leeward twinning line
Uncleat  sheets
Clip guy (windward sheet) to pole
Push pole forward to engage uphaul loop
Clip pole to mast
Shout ‘pole on’
Uncleat halyard
Hoist spinnaker, cleat halyard
Concentrate on steering straight course Trim guy to mark if reaching or running
Trim sheet
Re-trim sheet continuously
DROP
Square spinnaker by pulling guy
Uncleat halyard but keep tension in hand
Pull downhaul As spinnaker enters chute, unclip pole from mast
Disengage uphaul loop
Unclip guy from pole
Slide pole along boom
Tidy and cleat twinning lines and sheets
Cleat halyard and downhaul
GYBE
Pass sheet and guy to helm
Uncleat windward triming line
Pull guy astern until clew on forestay
Steer boat across wind Gybe boom using kicker
Pull in and cleat leeward trimming line
Steer with rudder between legs and Unclip pole from mast
control spinnaker Clip on new guy (windward sheet)
Unclip old guy (new sheet) from pole
Clip pole to mast
Trim and cleat guy
Trim sheet

3 thoughts on “First Time Spinnaker Handling ….

  1. great text ….. some visual pictures would be amazing!! just inherited a 15 after 40 years of sailing two sail and one sail boats HELP is needed..from rigging to sailing.

    • Sadly I’m not updating the FF Blog very often. After writing about 2000 posts myself, I burned out!! We had half a million hits though! Hope you enjoy your fifteen! Richard

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