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10 January 2016 - 14:51
Join Date: 12 February 2014
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Symmetrical spinnaker rigging (411)
Fitting Sophie B out for the next Cape-Rio race (anyone fancy joining us in mini competition?).

While the spinnaker pole topping lift is clear, the rest is largely impenetrable - Sophie B not having flown a spinnaker in all of 30 years! Before we start randomly mounting stuff on deck, does any owner know what the originally intended positions of

a) the routing of the line for the downhaul for the outboard end of the pole
b) the routing of the spinnaker guys? (Wear on the toe rail suggests that a block or strop might have been mounted roughly midships? But then? to the upper of the big blocks abeam of the helm?)

Advice much appreciated!


PS: link to the NOR for C2R in a separate post!

12 January 2016 - 10:16
Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1547

Dear Tom
Here some suggestions.
a) The downhaul to have a deck block about 1 meter aft of the stemhead. If you have a track on the fore deck centerline the position is variable. Attachment near the forepeak bulkhead is recommended. Led aft to the cockpit either side.
If you plan on using two spinnaker poles, two blocks are needed. There would also be another advantage - one foreguy can be used as boom preventer, and controlled from the cockpit.
b) Aft guy deck blocks can be located near the deck edge just fwd of the toerail hawse holes, from there the guys are taken straight to the primary winches - not through the foot blocks.
c) For the sheet blocks use the lugs at the aft end of the toe rail
Stand-up type blocks are recommended, alternatively keep them up with shock cord attached to the life lines.
Kind regards

12 January 2016 - 16:29
Join Date: 12 February 2014
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Thank you so much - completely clear and helpful advice, as always!

Kind regards

12 January 2016 - 18:24
Join Date: 02 January 2008
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More about the boom preventer. Attach a preventer line (length same as boom) permanently near the aft end of the boom, tighten it along the boom and clip it near the gooseneck. For use unclip, and take the end forward outside the shrouds, then the foreguy is not far away.

12 January 2016 - 22:46
Join Date: 01 March 2007
Posts: 147

Hi Tom,
Very impressed to hear about your racing plans and wish you very best for the race.
We do a bit of blue water racing and whilst our deck has different layout, I agree with the Lars comments. On the boom preventer, make sure the length of the permanent strop attached to the underside of the boom is the correct length ( it may not be all of the way to the gooseneck). It should be easily unclipped. You can work out your own length and system by identifying the safe place to sit (crew position) to make the connection between the preventer attached to the boom and the line coming from forward - there is a sweet spot! We use a strong bungy near the gooseneck to attach the preventer to when it is not required and keeps it tight under the boom and not in the way.
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