Anatomy of a Spinnaker Set: Part 1 – The Bear-Away Set


            The bear-away set is the typical set we will use at the windward mark. It involves turning the boat downwind around the mark, but not jibing. The spinnaker is set on the port side of the boat (for a port rounding) and the pole is set up on the starboard side. The only time we would not do a bear-away set is in a large right hand shift (if the wind direction has veered or shifted to the right while facing upwind).


1. Approach to Layline


2. On Layline (no more than five boatlengths from the mark)


3. Two Boatlengths to the Mark


4. At the Mark


5. After the Rounding