Anatomy of a
Spinnaker Set: Part 3 – The Poleless Jibe Set
tactician decided to jibe set too late to get everything set up (figures). No
problem, we’ll just set the spinnaker without a pole and sort it out later! This
is strictly a light to moderate air maneuver and we’re gonna
need to practice this one. The idea is the same as a jibe set, but the setup is
the same as the bear-away set. We hoist the spinnaker without the pole as the
boat turns down and rotate it around the front of the boat through the jibe,
then set up the pole on the new windward side. Sounds simple doesn’t it?
1. Approach to Layline
– boned it. Who needs tacticians anyway?
else – set up is the same as a bear-away set. If
we knew we wanted to jibe by this point, we would have set up for a jibe
- Bow –
You’ve probably hooked up the sail on the port side already. This is fine
and will sort itself out. Get started as soon as possible as you have a
lot of work to do.
2. On Layline (probably pretty damn close to the mark)
– Start apologizing and figure out how you are going to make it up to the
crew downwind. Assure the foredeck that you are indeed buying drinks later
if they pull this off.
- Bow –
Trip the pole so the jaws are open. If you have time, move the sail bag
forward so it is just aft of the bow pulpit. Also, if you have time raise
the inboard end of the pole a few feet and move the tip to the port side.
- Mast –
Open snap shackle at base of mast to free topping lift. Make sure to keep
topping lift inboard of jib sheets. Raise inboard end of the pole a few
else – Hike really hard. There should only be two people off the rail at
3. Two Boatlengths to the Mark
- Bow –
Open the spinnaker bag fully and remove any Velcro strips from the clews.
Double check that everything is clear and nothing is in the pole jaws.
Gather enough slack in the port guy to reach the bow.
Sheet Trimmer – Remove runners and load both spinnaker sheets onto cabin
top winches. Start pre-feeding the starboard spin sheet.
- Pit –
Take any slack out of spinnaker halyard.
else – Hike harder
– turn boat smoothly down around the mark and into a jibe right away. Hold
a near dead downwind course until the pole is hooked up.
Trimmer – Ease the main sheet a lot to allow the boat to turn down, then jibe the main. Then ease outhaul, cunningham, and backstay.
Adjust vang as necessary.
– Call the hoist when the boat turns down and begins to flatten. Help the
spin sheet trimmer with the port sheet if necessary.
Sheet Trimmer – Trim starboard spin sheet in fast to pull the sail around
the forestay. Once kite is aloft trim both sheets to fill the sail and
keep it in front of the boat. Once it is up and drawing start talking to
the helmsman about pressure.
trimmer – Ease the jib as the boat turns down, then release as the boat
jibes. Leave plenty of slack in the guy (so the bowman can get it to the
bow) and load it onto the primary winch (3 turns). When the bowman yells
“made” pull like mad until the sail reaches the end of the pole and then square the pole back about one quarter to one half
the distance between the forestay and shrouds depending on wind strength
(further back in more breeze). Make sure to adjust foreguy
while you do this.
trimmer – Trim the jib out of the jibe. Adjust trim for max speed until
spin is up and drawing.
– Immediately after the jibe grab the port spin SHEET and stand at the shrouds
acting as a ‘human pole” holding the sheet as far out to weather as
- Bow –
Help the jib across the foredeck and over the pole through the jibe. Once
the jib is across, put the port guy in the pole jaws, lift the pole up
into position, and yell “Made!” (Make sure that the kite is up all the way
and rotated far enough around in front of the boat that nothing gets
tangled.) Once the pole is hooked up, pull the jib down keeping it inside
– Jump the spinnaker halyard until it is at full hoist. The hoist should
start as the boat turns down around the mark and finish after the jibe.
Call out “Kite’s aloft!” Raise the inboard end of the pole so it is level,
then help bowman get the jib down by grabbing the leech of the sail and pulling
it down and towards the center of the boat.
- Pit –
Tail spinnaker halyard until it is at full hoist. If the mast man doesn’t
quite get it all the way up (6 feet or less to go), worry about it after
the jib is down. When the bowman says “made” pull the topping lift to
raise the outboard end of the pole (an extra floater can take care of this
if one is available). Ease the jib halyard down (make sure you have a turn
on the winch before you open the clutch—the turn can be on top of the
winch fully loaded with the spin halyard). Once the jib is down, grind the
spinnaker halyard up to full hoist. Flake the jib halyard in figure eights
using the winch drum and your hand.
Trimmer (and others) - Make sure the sail and rig controls are eased.
– detach jib sheets, toss port one over the inboard end of the pole and
clip them together. Bring lazy guy forward to bowman to prepare for jibe.
- Bow –
Once boatspeed is up, detach jib halyard from
sail and clip it to the bow. Pull the luff all
the way down and out of the sail track. Detach tack of jib and pull the
sail aft of the foreguy.
Else – Get as much weight as possible near the shrouds and down low. Look
back to find the next puff.
Trimmer (or someone else in the cockpit) – Unwind jib sheet off leeward
primary. Load lazy guy onto the winch leaving plenty of slack for the
bowman to take it all the way forward for the next jibe.