We’ve been trying the method of launching described on the hints and tips page. So far we’ve been impressed with it, but we have problems getting the tack out to the pole, it keeps getting caught.
Is this just part and parcel of the operation or has anyone discovered a work around?
You need to throw the spinnaker out as it is launched.
Well, that’s sort of what we do, but it leaves the helm to do the sheets, and my steering goes all wibbly when it gets a bit breezy and I’m trying to set a spinnaker.
I was hoping there was a magical solution!!
U need more crew!!!!
That’s the only problem with these Sonatas: The bow is too close to the stern.
Wherever possible we leave the genny sheeted inside the guard rails as we bear away – this makes it easier to pull the tack around behind the genny. When the genny halyard is released, the genny foot is already inside the guard rails. This seem to make the genny drop faster since we only have to pull it down and not also gather it in from outside the rails. Doesn’t work so well in a breeze, especially when bearing away to a reach since the genny will be oversheeted and likely to cause excessive heel.
Okay, we’ll try that next time. Thanks.
We’re off to Ramsgate Friday for the regatta. Anyone else going down?