We were out doing a little fun race
with some friends and I got our kids
to assist dousing the Spinnaker
here is the technique :
this is based on my wife on the helm
...although it would work
work well with an adult too and and could be done even sail solo with the helm
tied off (or auto piliot)
1) have kids
in companion way waiting
2) go forward remove pole
3) disconnect the line that was the guy from one of the clews (leave other sheet attached .. the sail will stream aft
4) come back give the kids the bottom of the sail
5) tell the kids "are you ready to GATHER !!???"
6) Ease the halyard
get the kids to gather and stuff into the cabin
...it is fun to see how fast they can go (you control with the halyard)
We did it with the 4 and 7 yo in very light winds...great fun!!
after we rounded the mark and setup on the next tack the kids and I re-stuffed and packaged the spin for the next use.
We will try it in a little heavier wind