I used to regularly set a 1400 Sq Ft heavy spinnaker single
I did quite a bit of sailing up & down the Australian east coast
. A surprising number of the best overnight anchorages
are about 60 miles apart. In nice weather
usually has a sea breeze component to it. Very light early morning, only reaching good sailing by 8 or 9 AM. It tends to die off after 4 PM, & many of the bared estuary anchorages
, entered to the westward are best entered by 4 pm., before the sun gets too low. To do these passages in the required time a spinnaker
was useful, & not too hard to handle.
I developed a technique for getting it off when the wind
got up a bit. The brace Halliard & sheet were all led to winches at the cockpit
. In stronger winds I would undo the bitter end knot
in the halliard & brace, set the boat
up at about 45 degrees to the following wind, then simultaneously let both go.
The spinnaker would fly out to leeward, behind the main, & fall quite gently into the sea. With it gone the boat
would slow considerably, & sail past it, still attached to it by the sheet. I would then pull it on-board by the sheet, dropping the now sodden mass in the cockpit
, where it's wet wait kept it sitting quietly. I did this over a dozen times without damage to man or sail.
It did mean a trip up the mast
to run the halliard again, & the sail required a fresh water
wash when possible, but it did allow faster passages, without starting that infernal mechanical thing down in the bilge