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Old 31-07-2006, 22:08   #16
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Having never flown an A-sail. I don't know which is easier. I do know that there are ways to keep a sym kite flying and not wrapping. I think the key is not to wait to long to take it down. When the wind hits consistently over 15 knots apparent (and you aren't racing) it is time to take the sail down. Let the pole to the headstay run DDW and the chute is blanketed by the main. From there it is a matter of controling the sail as it comes downyou can do this by gathering in the footand easing the halyard to yourself or blow the shackle on the guy and then gather in the lufffrom under the boom. Many ways each with there pros and cons. Jeff is there a place where I can find out the basics of gybingand trimming an A-sail? I haven't found a place on the net.

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:06   #17
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If you have flown a symetrical chute you can fly an assymetrcial without any special lessons. An assymetrical flies like an conventionall chute with the pole dropped so that the luff is stretched tight and the pole eased to the forestay. North Sails used to have a video on assymetrics and the UK site also used to have an online clip on assymetrics.


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When going wing and wing with an asym, try using the Genoa and the asym. Either drop the main or sheet it down hard amidships to stop it blocking one of the foresails. It helps if you can rig a pole on the Genoa to keep it out.

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I have what the previous owner referred to as a cruising spinnaker but have not used it yet. I think it looks more like a regular spinnaker. How can I tell the difference between the two?
A racing spinnaker will have bigger 'shoulders', ie more rounded luff / leach than a cruising spinnaker.

Those bigger shoulders makes the sail deeper in the middle, meaning a racing version should generate more power on deeper sailing angles.

But those bigger shoulders also makes it harded to trim to keep flying at its most effective. The windward one will collapse when not exactly right - so they make more work. The deeper cut also somewhat restricts the shallower angles you can sail it at.

A cruising spinnaker being flatter needs less trimming to keep it flying wihout a hassle - and that same flatness also allows you to fly it usually shyer than you can fly a full racing version.

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cruising chute is much less likely to wrap during a gybe, primarily cause it is easier to gybe a cruising chute by allowing the clew to go right round the front of the boat. just means a lot of winching!

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