Are we talking about racing
, "performance sailing", or cruising? When we cruise
we set the spinnaker and hold that course for hours at a time, or sometimes days. Jibeing is a rare event and if takes up five minutes to safely, comfortably, and easily accomplish - that is a well spent five minutes.
I am still having trouble understanding what problem you are trying to solve or prevent.
I have a lot of miles and hours single
handing a relatively big spinnaker (1200+ feet and a 24' pole). Much of it was in the relatively confined waters of Puget Sound
. Much of the rest is in the wide open waters of the Pacific Ocean
between Cape Scott at the north end of Vancouver Island and Zijuantenejo.
When I need to jibe the spinnaker, either single handed or with my wife as the only crew person, I use the following technique
-bear off and bring the spinnaker tack (pole end) forward to where I can reach it
(don't need to do anything with fore guy - it just ends up being slack)
- if necessary, (stronger wind
or sloppy seas) take in / make tight the foreguy
- release chute from pole
- douse the chute with the sock
- pull the sock around to the other side
- hoist inboard end of pole so pole will clear forestay
- move pole to opposite side of forestay
- lower inboard end of pole
- get the boat on the desired course the other way
- put the approximate necessary tension on foreguy
- hoist the sock and inflate the spinnaker
- attach the pole to spinnaker
- put some slack in the foreguy
- bear off a little and bring the pole back
- get boat on desired course
- bring pole / spinnaker to desired position
- secure foreguy and topping lift
to form rigid triangle
Of course this procedure requires a very good autopilot
or accurate helmsman
It also necessitates a lot of running back and forth between the foredeck and cockpit
And... sometimes the pole bangs against the foreguy while I am switching spinnaker from side to side or running back and forth to the cockpit. Sometimes several trips forward and back to cockpit are needed to get the inboard pole height / foreguy / topping lift to just the right spot.
I've used the procedure single handed in apparent wind
up to 17 knots and double handed to 30 knots with little difficulty. I spent years as the foreguy guy on IOR boats and even more years as a big wave board sailor so I am used to, and enjoy, the challenge of working on a moving foredeck. I don't mind staggering around up there, even offshore
in fairly rough stuff.
I'm not sure what would be gained by running lines back to the cockpit.