Sailing Tips – Jibing A Spinnaker

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kevin Wensley, Director of Operations with Offshore Sailing, demonstrates how to properly jibe a spinnaker when sailing.

    Kevin Wensley: Hello! My name is Kevin Wensley. I am the Director of Operations at Offshore Sailing School and I am here today at one of our beautiful Southwest Florida locations. What I would like to talk today about is jibing a spinnaker.

    Okay. So we have got the spinnaker up it's flying nicely and now it's time to actually jib the spinnaker which means basically we're going to jib the boat and we are going to change the tacks. The moment we are on starboard tack the wind is coming over the starboard side, the pole is out on the starboard side, what we need to do is rotate the boat all the way underneath the sail and bring it out on the other side of the sail.

    Step one is to have somebody ready to go forwards to upload the pole for us, looks like Brian is going to do that. What Brian doesn't want to do is release the pole when the sail isn't actually full. If we do this well we should be have to keep the sail flying all the way through the jib, it stays behind the pole nice one, yeah, go ahead, reattach and he is going to trip and role the other side, there it goes, trip and roll very nice. The boat turns through the wind, I am going to keep that -- here we go, nice one. We now got the wind on the port side, you come on back then Brain and secure the guy for me, I have got it nice and tight and then back to trimming the sail. And so now the luff is on this side, so here we go. I am going to just keep easing until I see a little curl there is a curl and then trim to stop the curl, it's a job that never ever stop. We are going to continue to stay look up ease until I see curl, trim to stop the curl. An ideally we want the luff of the sail just on the edge of curling.

    So there we have the sail jib we are on the new tack and the trimmer is back engaged in making sure that sail is drawing perfectly overtime.