Have you got any photos to share? Its not real otherwise. Did you sail her to Melbourne yourself?
As for your spinnaker sock, it makes life really really easy. Extend the sock over the sail, leaving the clews exposed. The head
should protrude out the top of the sock.
Next locate the line inside the sock used to hoist and lower the sock. lets call it the sock line
Once you have all those set, go forward and hook your sheets
on. Hoist your halyard with the sail still inside the sock (keep your hand on the sock line or hook it up somewhere).
If using a pole brace back a little, sheet ready and pull the sock line , raising the sock and allowing the sail to fill with wind
at your convenience not its. Gradually the sail will start lifting the sock from its own pressure. secure the sock line for later
Enjoy a beautiful reach or run with wine and strawberries.
To douse the spinnaker, ease the sheet completely, take the sock line and pull down the sock, lower the halyard and recover the sail without acres of billowing cloth, ease your brace and then pass the whole lot down the hatch
Bring the boat on the breeze, sail home - being a cat keep eating strawberries.
Coordination is easier than it sounds and the whole thing removes any stress associated with spinnaker sailing for you, the admiral and the whole team. Amongst the simplest yet greatest inventions ever for sailing.