Gybing with spinakker

What's the best way to pull off a heavy weather gybe with spinakker?.......It's been many years since I raced Scot's.......My thinking is.....hook in new guy....jibe the main.......end to end the spin pole.........release old guy....Am I right or is there a better way?


I too instruct my crew to get the new guy under the guy hook b

I too instruct my crew to get the new guy under the guy hook before jibing the main in heavy air. It seems to keep the spinnaker from skying so much. (If the class allowed twings, this process would be easier and safer.) Regarding your main question: “what's the best way to pull off a heavy weather gybe with spinnaker,” what the crew does is not nearly as important as what is done with the helm. I have two suggestions on how to learn to use your helm in jibing: 1. Read and study the answers in sailing books and videos. They are too intricate for summary, at least by me. 2. Don a life jacket, borrow a Laser, and getting out there and practice. Even in 10 or 12 knots you had better get the timing right, or you’ll be swimming. A successful heavy air jibe is all about timing and experience. *** Gary Hoyt said you need to practice your tacks until they are like brief ballets. Perhaps a heavy weather jibe is like a samba, first you move a little one way, then sharply the opposite way, all the while keeping the power pushing you forward, not over.

[quote][i]Originally posted by sungberg[/i] I agree with the ab

[quote][i]Originally posted by sungberg[/i] I agree with the above post. In heavy air, we put both spinnaker sheets in the guy hooks to keep the spinnaker controlled and in front of the boat. We disconnect the pole and let in hang on the pole lift. The crew steps back grabs the vang and pulls while the helmsman turns the boat 10 or 20 degrees and cross the Main over. The crew steps forward on the new windward side and connects the pole to the spinnaker and the mast, and then reaches over and releases the new sheet from the guy hook (a minor point if running dead downwind, a very important item to remember if hardening up onto a reach) and takes back the trim of the spinnaker. We keep the boat pretty much dead downwind and don't harden up until the crew is ready to trim and the sheet has been freed from the guy hook. This system seems to work quite well. Patrick Glazier