Re: Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.
One of the reasons the ATN Spinnaker Sock is so effective is the exterior sleave that captures the down line and helps alighn the sleave when recovering the sail (the gray cover shown here):
We have these ATN Socks on both our symmetric and assymetric sails
and use them to good advantage. In our case I use a small snatch block to connect the downhaul line to a pad-eye on the foredeck just forward of the mast
. The only thing one has to remember with downhaul lines is the if one is furling
("Socking") the sail on the opposit tack from which it was hoisted, one must pass the downhaul line around and in front of the headstay so the fall is on the same side of the headstay as the sail/sock itself.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."