Saturday, September 03, 2005

Looking Good

The trimmer, if doing his/her job correctly, should have a sore neck by the end of the race, or have a great tan! In order to trim the spinnaker properly the trimmer must be constantly aware of the spinnaker curl on the luff of the sail. If the spinnaker is trimmed properly the top 1/3 of the luff edge will curl.

The trimmer and the helmsman must communicate constantly during the downwind legs. The trimmer continually informing the helmsman how the pressure on the sail feels. If the pressure is light, the helmsman goes higher to fill the sail and the trimmer adjusts the trim.

To maintain the curl the trimmer sheets in or eases the sheet. If the curl increase and the sail starts to stall, the trimmer sheets in, if the curl diminishes the sail needs to be eased.

The position of the curl on the sail can be adjusted by changing the pole height. If the curl breaks too high lower the pole, if it breaks too low, raise the pole. Maintain the optimum curl at the top third.

Gordy Bowers has a great article on spinnaker trim worth the read "How to Look At Your Spinnaker or Looking up means looking good"


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