Hi Holmek. There are a lot of variables, like how many crew you have, where your lines attach to the pole and whether you are running separate sheets
and guys (which i think is what you are referring to as braces?). The following is a method that will work nicely on your boat, with a full crew.
First off, you will have in total:
1 Topping lift
Both the sheets and the guys are attached to the clews of the spinnaker, so you essentially have two lines coming off each clew.
The guys should come back to blocks that are placed about 1/3 of the way forward on the boat, at about the widest point.
The sheets should come back to blocks that are pretty much on your quarters.
So, you're sailing along. Let's say you're on a starboard gybe and want to gybe over to be on a port gybe. You will have your port sheet active and your starboard guy. You're going deep downwind, so the pole is all the way back almost square with the boat.
down so you're dead down wind
man unclips the pole, and the starboard trimmer switches from the guy to the sheet.
The spinnaker is now flying out in front of the boat by both sheets, and both guys are inactive. One of these guys - the port one, is being held by the bowman who is sitting just by the headstay.
man swings the pole forward towards the headstay. As he does this, he hauls up on the inboard end of the pole (where it attaches to the mast) and 'skies' it. Depending on the length of the pole, this should be sufficient to allow the outboard
end of the pole to clear the headstay. If it's not, it may be neccessary to ease the topping lift
a touch as well.
As the pole swings forward towards and under the headstay, the bowman grabs it, sticks the port guy that he's been holding into the jaw, closes the jaw and allows the pole to constinue to swing over to the port side. The mast man is raising the topping lift again (if necessary) and easing the inboard end of the pole back down the mast track to bring the pole level again.
comes over onto the new gybe and the trimmer on the port side switches from the sheet to the guy.
Job done. Now you're moving along happily on a port gybe, with the starboard sheet and the port guy active.
Make sense? With practice, this whole thing can be done in under 10 seconds and flows quite smoothly.
The foreguy doesn't need to be touched. The pole doesn't need to be hauled anywhere - it's own weight is more than sufficient to bring it down low enough to clear the headstay.
It is possible to attach the guys to the pole instead of the sail. This is a good cruising tactic as it reduces chafe and the weight of lines that have to be supported by the sail, but it makes gybes very difficult as you do not then have control of the clews of the sail once the pole is unclipped. It also means that the trimmers have 3 active lines at once - the windward sheet (which is acting as a guy), the leeward sheet, and the guy (which is acting, as you say, as a brace).
The above procedure can be done (in light air!) with just 2 people on board.
In very light air, it is beneficial to do away with the guys and reduce the weight of lines supported by the sail by running 2 sheets only and no guys (or braces). In this case, the bowman just has to grab the sheet on the 'new' side and stick that in the end of the pole instead of the guy that would normally be there. In this case however, it's useful to have a snatch block on the rail so that you can stick the windward sheet (which is now a guy) into the snatch block and bring the lead further forward. This is much more tricky than having separate sheets and guys, and requires careful coordination between the foredeck, the trimmers and the helmsman to allow the foredeck crew to grab that sheet (which is still active) and stick it in the pole end.