How To Rig, Set Up & Hoist a Spinnaker: Full Guide

It's a beautiful, sunny day. You're sailing upwind, and all around you colorful spinnakers fill and flutter as boats sail the other way. Wouldn't it be nice to break that sail out of the bag for the ride back down wind?

How do you rig, set up and hoist a spinnaker?

  • Prepare the kite by finding the corner and making sure the sail isn't twisted
  • Run your spinnaker sheets and guys before attaching to tack and clew
  • Attach the halyard to the head, make sure it is outside the headstay
  • Set the pole by putting the sheets and guys in the pole's jaws
  • Hoist the pole
  • Hoist the spinnaker

It seems daunting, but the principles of setting a symmetrical spinnaker are the same whether you're on a 420 dinghy or a fifty foot racer. You may have a few more lines, but the general process is: prep the spinnaker, connect the lines to the sail, hoist the pole on the windward side, then hoist and trim the sail.

There's a little more to it (of course), and each step has a few things to get right. But we've got you covered.

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On this page:

Spinnaker basics, steps to set it, setting problems, the bear-away set, asymmetrical differences.

Spinnaker come in two types: symmetrical and asymmetrical. The symmetry refers to the length of the sides of the sails. An asymmetrical spinnaker has a tack and a distinct leech . A symmetrical spinnaker has both sides the same length and requires a pole to position. The tack and leech of a symmetrical sail depends on which side the pole is on - the pole side is the tack. Symmetrical sails aresailed deeper downwind with the poles, whereas asymmetrical spinnakers are better at reaching and sailing at higher angles, and are simpler to set and handle.

In this article, we'll focus mainly on symmetrical spinnakers.

Spinnaker Controls and Lines

A spinnaker connects the boat with a halyard at the head of the sail to hoist it, a sheet on the leeward side, and a guy on the windward side. While the guy is a pole control, some boats use dedicated sheets and guys, while some use a single line that switches function between sheet and guy as the sail jibes from side to side. In either case, the guy connects to the sail, not the pole, and runs through the jaws of the pole. The sheet is used to trim the sail as we adjust the pole with the guy.

When the sail is set, the lines not under load are the lazy guy or sheet. The sheet on the windward side and the guy on the leeward side will be the lazy sheet and lazy guy . Not all boats use separate sheets and guys, so there may not be a lazy guy/sheet.

Pole Controls

The spinnaker guy is used to control the position of the pole, and the angle of attack of the sail to the wind. Trim to keep the pole at a right angle to the wind. Most poles have a pole topping lift and a downhaul (also called a foreguy ). On the mast, there will be a pole car or ring with an attachment point which sets the inboard height of the pole. The topping lift and foreguy keep the pole in a level position, perpendicular to the water, and can be adjusted to match the car position. The pole is trimmed lower in lighter air, though a detailed spinnaker trimming guide is outside the scope of this post.

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For simplicity, we'll assume you’re out for a simple sail, not racing. The jib is down, and you're ready to turn the boat down wind. Racers do things a little differently, but you will need to master a basic bareheaded set before you get too fancy.

Step 1 - Prepping the Kite

("kite" or "chute" are common nicknames for a spinnaker)

To launch a spinnaker from a bag without twists, someone needs to run the tapes when the spinnaker is packed. Find the head of the sail, run it between your fingers down one edge of the sail (or the tape , referring to the thicker reinforcement on the edge), making sure there are no twists or loops. Continue until you reach the next corner. If you find any twists or loops, work then out. Leave that corner outside the bag, then start again at the head and run the other tape. Leave the head and two clews out. This step can be done at the dock before leaving, or any time, as long as someone knows it has been properly packed . Do not assume.

You can bring the spinnaker bag up on deck for this, or leave it in the v-berth if there is a hatch suitable for pulling it through. This is more common when racing.

Step 2 - Plugging in the Spinnaker

Spinnaker sheets and guys should be run before connecting to the spinnaker. Most sheets and guys go through a fairlead or turning block at the stern of the boat before running forward to the spinnaker.

When you run the lines, take care they are free and outside of all lifelines, jib sheets and other obstructions before connecting to them to the tack and clew of the sail. Take the halyard and connect it to the head, making sure it is outside the headstay and any pole control lines or other entanglements.

Step 3 - Setting the Pole

If the pole isn’t normally stored on the mast, one end will need to connected. Attach the topping lift and down haul, and put the sheets and guys in the jaws now.

Whether the jaws go up or down is a personal preference, and some boats work better than others in different positions. Some argue that spinnaker forces pull up, so that jaws-down holds them from flying out when it's opened. Others maintain it's easier and more natural to slap a non-loaded sheet and guy into a jaws-up pole, with gravity to hold it there. This is a question of comfort and experience.

Hoist the pole to the proper height for the breeze.

Step 4 - Hoist!

When the boat is turned off the wind to the angle you want to sail, you are ready to hoist the sail.

With the pole set forward, hoist the sail up quickly with the halyard, then trim the sail and pole once it is at full hoist.

  • You won't be able to trim the pole until the spinnaker is mostly up, but move it back when you can. It will help it fill and stay under control.
  • To get the sail up more quickly, you can have someone at the mast to "bump" the halyard by pulling it at the mast while some else takes up the slack.
  • If launching from a bag, attach the bag to the boat or you might launch it into the air with the sail. Most bags have Velcro straps or clips on them for connecting to lifelines or other boat hardware.

There are a few problems to watch for when setting. Twists, hourglasses, and forestay wraps are the most common, and can even happen with a properly packed spinnaker with no twists, though that is the most common cause of hour-glassing and wraps.

Avoid pulling too hard or panicking when these things happen, it just wraps things tighter. You can worked twists out if you stop the hoist and pull down from the center of the foot and the clew. If it's too bad, lower the sail, untwist it, rerun tapes, and re-pack the sail.

When racing, it's slow to run "bare headed" without a jib. Racers will do a "bear-away" set, which is like the set described above, except on a few points. It's easier and faster, but it takes more people and a little preparation since a quick set is the goal.

  • The jib is left up, so the spinnaker halyard runs outside the jib when the spinnaker is connected.
  • The spinnaker can be hoisted earlier as the jib will blanket it.
  • The pole can be trimmed back when the sail is out and filling.
  • The jib is "blown" - quickly released and gathered on the deck for the down wind leg.

Since there is no pole, an asymmetrical spinnaker is far easier to rig, set, and hoist. There are only two sheets, and no pole controls.

  • Most boats will have a short pole on the bow for attaching the tack. There may be an adjustable tack line to set the tack height for different conditions. The pole may also have adjustments.
  • The lazy sheet should run around the outside headstay.
  • Many asymmetrical spinnakers have a dousing sock or turtle , which makes launching easier. The sail is hoisted inside this cover, then the sock pulled down to let the sail fill.
  • Some asymmetrical spinnakers can be rigged on a detachable, lightweight furler.
  • Asymmetrical spinnakers can not sail as deep down wind as a symmetrical sail with a pole. However, they can be carried at higher angles of reaching and can make up for the lack of down wind capability with more reaching speed.

You stated for symmetrical spinnaker that the pole is kept “perpendicular to the water - wrong - it should be perpendicular to the wind

Bill Wheary

The pole is kept perpendicular to the MAST to that the luff of the spinnaker is as far as possible from the mast and luff of the main.

Although the pole is usually set as close to perpendicular to the wind, in most cases the pole is adjusted so as to position the the CORD between the spinnaker tack and clew perpendicular to the wind.

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Like the Spork (a combination of spoon and fork), the name gennaker came from combining two very different sail types into one: a genoa and a spinnaker. Unlike the spork, gennakers are an entirely new sail type that demonstrate the sailing industry’s leading edge.

What exactly is a gennaker? In short, a gennaker has a genoa’s form (asymmetric, head and tack pinned, sheets tied to the clew) with the wide girth of a spinnaker. The gennaker is an all-purpose downwind sail, while spinnakers are built for specific downwind apparent wind angles.

Because designs are changing so quickly, the term gennaker can seem complicated. First, let’s make sure we understand the two original sail types: the spinnaker and the genoa.

What is a Spinnaker?

A popular online dictionary defines spinnaker as: “a large three-cornered sail, typically bulging when full, set forward of the mainsail of a yacht when running before the wind.” When spinnakers were all symmetric, that dictionary definition would’ve been fine.

Today, things are a bit more complicated.

Symmetric Spinnakers and Asymmetric Spinnakers

We now describe the spinnakers in the picture below as symmetric spinnakers. Divide one in half vertically, and the two sides are mirror images. The windward corner is held out with a pole attached to the windward side of the mast, and to change course (or jibe), that pole is switched to the opposite corner . Unlike a headsail, there is no defined tack or clew; both are clews, until the pole is attached and that corner becomes the tack.

(Told you it was complicated.)

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Symmetric spinnakers remain a viable sail type for downwind sailing on boats equipped with spinnaker poles and the necessary running rigging. They fly well when sailing “deep,” with the spinnaker pole squared well aft – or as the dictionary says, “when running before the wind.”

Over the past few decades, another spinnaker type has become increasingly popular – the asymmetric spinnaker or “A-sail.” An asymmetric spinnaker has three distinct corners :

  • the head (attached to the halyard and hoisted all the way up the mast);
  • the tack (attached by a short adjustable tackline to the bow/bowsprit);
  • the clew (attached to the two sheets that run down each side of the boat).

Hmm, that sounds a lot more like a jib or genoa…

Asymmetric spinnakers are popular on boats that have permanent bowsprits or retractable poles. They are also used by cruising sailors because they are easier to handle than symmetric spinnakers.

While symmetric spinnakers and asymmetric spinnakers look different , they are both spinnakers under the measurement guidelines of most racing rules. We won’t go into the specifics of sail measurement protocols here, but the purpose is to see that spinnakers carry substantial girth (width) and are therefore useful when reaching/running. A wide, curvy, sail like this simply won’t fly upwind.

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What is a Genoa?

If you google ‘Genoa’, this is what you will probably find: “a large jib or foresail whose foot extends aft of the mast, used especially on racing yachts.” All jibs and genoas are asymmetric; divide one in half vertically, and the two resulting pieces are hardly mirror images. Here again, the racing rule measurement guidelines help further define the standard form of a jib or genoa:

  • Triangular, with not nearly as much girth as a spinnaker,
  • with only one corner (the clew) allowed to roam freely (with sheets attached to keep it under control).

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What is a Gennaker?

One day several years ago, someone thought: “maybe we should take a genoa’s form (asymmetric dimensions, head and tack pinned down, a couple of sheets tied to the clew) and give it more girth, like a spinnaker. That’s just crazy enough to work! But what to call this genoa/spinnaker?” And so was born the gennaker.

A gennaker won’t fly upwind like a genoa. And it’s not as efficient as a spinnaker built for specific downwind apparent wind angles. But a gennaker fits the bill nicely as an all-purpose downwind sail for reaching/(almost) running. And because no spinnaker pole is needed, a gennaker is a lot easier to rig and fly than a symmetric spinnaker.

A gennaker has the asymmetric form of a genoa with the girth (width) of a spinnaker.

Is a Gennaker for Cruising or Racing?

Is a gennaker a cruising sail or a racing sail? Yes. Depending. Many racing rules require a specific minimum girth measurement for a spinnaker and a maximum girth measurement to qualify as a legal headsail – leaving a no-go-zone in between. As it happens, this “illegal” sail size range for racing makes for a very manageable cruising gennaker .

Recently, rating/handicap rules have begun erasing this gap zone – maybe you’ve heard the term “tweener” sail? If you have a gennaker, your sailmaker can help you determine whether it qualifies for the type of racing you want to do.

Another reason the term gennaker is confusing is that its use has evolved differently around the world. Depending on your location, the name might refer to a cruising-oriented sail configuration. Or it could describe a very high tech, close-wind angle, grand prix level A-sail. If you need help, ask your local North exper t to explain the usage.

Developments in Gennaker Technology

Gennaker development has been moving very rapidly in recent years for both cruising and racing. A great example is the North Sails Helix Furling Gennaker . For more information about the industry’s leading edge, please refer to Helix, Load-sharing, and Structured Luff. So much more than a spork, a gennaker is a great addition to your downwind sailing inventory—for racing or cruising.

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North Sails is excited to introduce the Helix Furling Gennaker, a new sail type for the cruising community. The structured luff Helix Furling Gennaker eliminates the heavy cable needed for traditional furling and is the most reliable and easy to use top-down furling cruising sail in the world.

Helix Structured Luff transforms how sails fly and is key to building a modern inventory. Our cruising sails with structured luff provide a more reliable furl than a sail weighed down with a heavy furling cable, are lighter and easier to handle, and have a wider range of wind angles. That cuts down down the number of sails you need onboard, as well as wear and tear, which make them the perfect downwind addition to your cruising wardrobe.

With a range of materials to choose from, a Helix Furling Gennaker is customized to boat size and use: from family cruiser to superyacht. Once reserved for 3Di sails, Helix Structured Luff is available in a range of materials from woven polyester to 3Di. Where requested, an optional LightWeight UV Cover can be added to the Helix Furling Gennaker. For more information, contact your nearest North Sails expert .


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Spinnaker Sails: Navigating the Winds of Adventure

  • Spinnaker Sails: Navigating the Winds of Adventure

Sailing enthusiasts, brace yourselves! In the world of sailing, nothing quite matches the thrill of harnessing the power of the wind with a spinnaker sail. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a novice eager to learn, understanding the nuances of spinnaker sailing opens up a world of possibilities. Let's embark on a journey through the seas of knowledge, exploring the art and science of spinnaker sails.


Brief overview of spinnaker sails.

Picture this: a vast expanse of open water, your sailboat gliding gracefully, propelled by the billowing beauty of a spinnaker sail. Spinnaker sails, often called kites, are specialty sails designed for downwind sailing. They come in various shapes and sizes, each catering to specific sailing conditions.

Importance of Spinnaker in Sailing

The spinnaker is not just a sail ; it's a game-changer. It allows sailors to harness wind power efficiently, enhancing speed and performance. Whether you're cruising or racing, understanding how to deploy and manage a spinnaker adds a new dimension to your sailing experience.

Understanding Spinnaker Sails

Definition and types of spinnaker.

At its core, a spinnaker is a large, lightweight sail designed for sailing off the wind. There are two main types: symmetrical kites, perfect for downwind runs, and asymmetrical spinnakers, ideal for reaching and running in various wind angles.

Components of a Spinnaker Sail

To master the art of spinnaker sailing, it's crucial to understand the key components of the sail. From the head and tack to the clew, each part plays a vital role in ensuring optimal performance.

Sailing with Spinnakers

Techniques for using spinnakers.

Hoisting a spinnaker is one thing; sailing with it is another. Learn the techniques to catch the wind efficiently, including gybing and reaching, to make the most of your spinnaker experience.

Advantages and Challenges of Spinnaker Sailing

While the benefits of spinnaker sailing are vast, challenges like accidental gybes and handling in strong winds exist. Discover how to navigate these challenges for a smoother sailing experience.

Spinnaker Rigging

Key aspects of spinnaker rigging.

Rigging a spinnaker requires precision. Explore the key aspects of rigging, from attaching the halyard to securing the sheets, ensuring a secure and efficient setup.

Step-by-Step Guide to Rigging a Spinnaker

Delve into a step-by-step guide on how to rig a spinnaker. Whether you're a beginner or need a refresher, these detailed instructions will have you rigging like a pro in no time.

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Different Types of Spinnaker Sails

Symmetrical kite vs. asymmetrical spinnaker.

Uncover the differences between symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers. Each type has its advantages, and choosing the right one depends on your sailing style and preferences.

Choosing the Right Spinnaker for Your Sailboat

Not all spinnakers are created equal. Learn how to select the perfect spinnaker for your sailboat, considering factors like size, material, and sailing conditions.

Sailboat Diagrams and Rigging

Importance of sailboat diagrams.

Sailboat diagrams serve as invaluable tools for understanding rigging and sail deployment. Explore the significance of these diagrams and how they enhance your sailing knowledge.

Understanding Sailboat Rigging with Diagrams

Break down the complexity of sailboat rigging with the help of diagrams. From running rigging to spinnaker poles, visualize the setup to enhance your comprehension.

Addressing Common Issues

How to prevent letterbox flapping in the wind.

For many sailors, the flapping of the letterbox can be a nuisance. Discover effective tips to prevent this common issue, ensuring a peaceful and undisturbed sailing experience.

Solutions for Spinnaker-Related Challenges

Spinnaker sailing comes with its share of challenges. Explore solutions to common issues like tangled lines and accidental jibes, ensuring smooth sailing every time.

The Art of Spinnaker Flying

Tips for a successful spinnaker flying experience.

Flying a spinnaker is an art that requires finesse. Learn valuable tips, from trimming the sail to adjusting the pole, to maximize your enjoyment while sailing downwind.

Enhancing Sailing Skills with Spinnaker Maneuvers

Take your sailing skills to the next level with spinnaker maneuvers. Master the art of gybing and reaching, adding versatility to your sailing repertoire.

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Spinnaker Sailing and Yachts

Integrating spinnakers into yacht sailing.

Yachts, with their larger sails, pose unique challenges and opportunities for spinnaker sailing. Explore how to integrate spinnakers seamlessly into yacht sailing for an exhilarating experience.

Advantages of Using Spinnakers on Yachts

Discover the advantages of using spinnakers on yachts, from increased speed to a more dynamic and engaging sailing experience.

Step-by-Step Spinnaker Sheet Guide

Importance of spinnaker sheets.

Spinnaker sheets play a crucial role in sail control. Understand their importance and learn how to rig and handle them effectively for optimal performance.

Rigging and Handling Spinnaker Sheets

A detailed guide on the proper rigging and handling of spinnaker sheets. Explore the intricacies of sheet control to enhance your overall sailing experience.

Yacht Spinnaker Rigging Diagram

Understanding the rigging process with a diagram.

Dive into the intricacies of yacht spinnaker rigging with the help of detailed diagrams. Visualize the setup and avoid common mistakes for a seamless sailing experience.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Spinnaker Rigging

Learn from the mistakes of others. Explore common errors in spinnaker rigging and discover how to avoid them for a safer and more enjoyable sailing journey.

Sailing Pole and Its Role

Significance of sailing poles in spinnaker sailing.

Sailing poles play a crucial role in spinnaker sailing maneuvers. Uncover their significance and how to use them effectively for enhanced performance.

Proper Use and Handling of Sailing Poles

A step-by-step guide on the proper use and handling of sailing poles. Whether you're a novice or an experienced sailor, mastering this skill is essential for successful spinnaker sailing.

Purchasing Asymmetrical Spinnakers

Factors to consider when buying asymmetrical spinnakers.

Looking to invest in an asymmetrical spinnaker? Explore the factors to consider, from size to material, ensuring you make an informed and satisfying purchase.

Where to Find Quality Asymmetrical Spinnakers for Sale

Finding the right asymmetrical spinnaker is crucial. Discover reliable sources and marketplaces where you can purchase quality sails for your sailing adventures.

Sailing Safety Tips

Ensuring safety while using spinnakers.

Safety should always be a priority. Explore essential tips and precautions to ensure a safe sailing experience when using spinnakers.

Precautions and Guidelines for Spinnaker Sailing

Delve into specific precautions and guidelines for spinnaker sailing. From checking weather conditions to proper communication, these tips enhance the safety of your sailing adventures.

Recap of Key Points

Summarize the key takeaways from the article, emphasizing the importance of spinnaker sailing and the skills acquired.

Encouragement for Readers to Explore Spinnaker Sailing

Conclude with an encouraging message, urging readers to embrace the thrill of spinnaker sailing and embark on their own exciting journeys.

Get Ready to Set Sail!

As we wrap up our exploration of spinnaker sailing, remember that the seas are calling, and adventure awaits. The world of spinnaker sails is vast and exhilarating, offering endless possibilities for those willing to ride the winds. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a curious novice, spinnaker sailing is an art worth mastering.

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All About Spinnakers

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What is a Spinnaker? 

A Spinnaker is used to sail off the wind from a reaching course to a downwind. The Spinnaker is set forward of the mainsail and balloons out ‘flying’ in front of the boat. Spinnakers will have a smooth rounded surface when flying and will have taut edges holding its form. Spinnakers are made from radial panels which allows for them to be customized with different colored Spinnaker cloth or even printed on to create a unique addition to a sailboat. 

Customize your own spinnaker with our Spinnaker Color Tool!

What are the differences between symmetrical and asymmetrical Spinnakers?

Symmetrical Spinnakers are cut in a symmetrical shape and have mirrored Clew and Tack corners based on the orientation of the sail to the wind and require a Spinnaker pole. Asymmetrical Spinnakers have a designated Head, Tack, and Clew due to their shape and do not require a Spinnaker pole.

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SV Delos also recently released a video that explains Spinnakers. Watch from 1 minute to 3 minutes.

Symmetrical Spinnakers

Symmetrical Spinnakers are designed for specific wind angles and apparent wind speeds. The spherical profile projects better to windward on a run causing it to have an advantage in a variety of wind conditions. This is made possible by the mid girth of the sail being much larger than the foot girth. Symmetrical Spinnakers come in a variety of sizes to suit your sailing conditions:

Learn more about  Symmetrical Spinnakers

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Asymmetrical Spinnakers

The Asymmetrical Sail’s shape and radial construction make it ideal for running and broad reaching angles. With a triangular shape their cross-section design allows for a smooth, rounded entry tapering to a straight edge at the leech. Easy to handle, these spinnakers minimize a boat’s heeling angle when reaching. 

Learn more about   Asymmetrical Spinnakers

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Accessories to ease Spinnaker Use

Turtle bags.

A rectangular bag secured with a turtle closure which can be clipped to the rail with four stainless steel hooks. Includes three apertures with Velcro loops labelled Head, Tack and Clew that secure the corner rings. This enables you to attach your sheets and halyard to the sail before removing it from the bag. Simply open the bag and hoist it out. A great accessory which helps ease the use of flying the sail. 

Click  HERE  to learn more. 

Spinnaker Sock

The Spinnaker Sock is a common tool for dealing with large and often unruly Spinnakers. A specially designed fabric tube that allows for single-handed containment of the sail quickly and reliably. Hanging vertically, you will raise the sock which will open the chute and in turn allow the sail to catch the wind. To contain the sail simply pull the chute back down and it will feed the spinnaker into the sock for storage. 

Click  HERE   to learn more.

What should your offshore sailing inventory look like? 

Ben and Ashley of Sailing Nahoa have put together a wonderful video going over their Catamaran’s sail inventory as well as breaking down the conditions to use different sails. Check out the video below! 

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How to Fly a Spinnaker (Beginners Guide) 

How to Fly a Spinnaker (Beginners Guide) 

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How to fly a spinnaker (Beginners guide) 

Choosing to fly a spinnaker on your sailboat is the best way to sail off the wind during your trip—but can be a bit complicated to the beginner. When you’re just starting out sailing, it’s important to know all the different terms and ways to improve your experience, including how to raise and fly a spinnaker sail. 

How to Fly a Spinnaker:

  • After prepping your sail, run the guy through the ends of the pole with its jaws up, clipping it to the tack. Attach the sheet to the leeward quarter’s block and clip it to the corner of the sail.
  • Attach the topping lift to the bridle where it holds up the pole when the sail is hoisted.
  • Attach the halyard to the head of the spinnaker. 

How to Fly a Spinnaker (Beginners Guide) 

  • Trim the sail when it fills with wind. 

But what is a spinnaker, and what does it do for a sailboat? What are the terms you should know before you attempt to fly your spinnaker? Read on to find out more.

What is a spinnaker?

A spinnaker is a type of sail that is designed for sailing off the wind—when the wind is 90 to 180 degrees off the bow. The spinnaker will fill with air and balloons out in front of the boat when it is used, which is called flying. 

There are two types of spinnakers—symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical spinnakers are nearly hemispherical in nature, constructed in a way to have the maximum amount of lift. Asymmetrical spinnakers generate their lift from the side, rather than the top of a symmetrical spinnaker. Cruising boats almost always use asymmetrical spinnakers, while a racing boat could have either.

Spinnakers are usually made out of lightweight fabric like nylon. Some are shaped purposely to a specific wind angle by the way the panels are constructed or how the fabric is seamed. 

The sail is sometimes also called a kite or a chute, although it should not be confused with the spinnaker chute, which is a type of hull where the sail can be launched. 

Parts of a Spinnaker

Before you head out into the water and use your spinnaker, it’s important to note what kind of equipment you’ll be using. Spinnakers will use a sheet or a line to control the movable corners of the sail, and a guy, a line to control the end of the support pole, to move the lower corners. 

The guy will be windward, and it is stabilized by the spinnaker pole, while the sheet will be downwind. That rope attaches to the side of the sail and controls the shape. 

You will also hear or read the terms “leeward” or “windward”—leeward is the side of the ship sheltered from the wind, while windward is the direction in which the wind is coming. 

Often, the bag that your spinnaker will be housed in is called a turtle, based on its shape and appearance.

How to Hoist and Set the Spinnaker

When you know all the parts of your spinnaker sail, the first thing you have to do is hoist your spinnaker properly. All lines should run outside of the sails. 

How to Fly a Spinnaker (Beginners Guide) 

  • Accordion fold the spinnaker as you pull it out of its bag to prevent twisting. Hold the upper edge of the sail with one hand, using the other to fold it inside and out. Grab those folds with the hand holding the upper edge, then do it with the other side. Hold both the sail and two corners as you place it into its bag. 
  • On your boat, run the guy and sheet completely, leading them into the cockpit on the side of which you plan to fly the spinnaker. 
  • Run the guy through the ends of the pole with its jaws up. It should be clipped to the tack of the spinnaker. 
  • The sheet goes through the leeward quarter’s block and is clipped to the clew, or the corner, of the sail. 
  • Attach the topping lift to the bridle where it holds up the pole when the sail is hoisted. 
  • Making sure the pole is on the windward side, prepare to hoist the spinnaker on the leeward side, keeping the pole all the way forward and at a right angle to the mast.
  • Connect the halyard, or hoisting rope, to the head of the spinnaker, keeping the jib up while you hoist. 
  • When you hoist, make sure the spinnaker doesn’t twist. Hoist it as fast as possible so when it fills with wind, it is completely raised.
  • After it is raised, watch the leading edge, or the luff, of the sail. When it curls, pull in the sail until it is smooth and curved.

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How to jibe—or move— your spinnaker.

Now that you have the sail out and flying, follow these steps to move your spinnaker when the boat turns. 

  • Manage both the sheet and guy, keeping the sail full as the boat turns. 
  • Staying behind the pole, release the jaws as the boat turns. 
  • While the sail remains full, attach the pole to the new corner of the sail. 
  • Secure the ropes tightly as it is brought back perpendicular to the masthead fly. 
  • Trim your sail as needed.

Follow the same steps in the opposite direction to bring your spinnaker back in the opposite direction. 

How to Drop Your Spinnaker

How to Fly a Spinnaker (Beginners Guide) 

  • Turn the boat into a safe, broad reach and reset the headsail. 
  • Trimming the spinnaker when necessary, use the guy to position the pole to the forestay of the sail. 
  • Hold it under the boom, releasing the guy as you lower the halyard. 
  • Pull the sheet until you have a hold of the clew.
  • Continue dropping the sail as a crew member bundles it and replaces it in the turtle.

There are many more ways you can learn to work with your spinnaker but knowing the basics can help you get out onto the water and use your sail safely. Make sure to test out your newfound knowledge with a trusted, experienced professional before heading out on your own!


What is the difference between a spinnaker pole and a whisker pole?

Whisker poles match the length of the foot of the sail, while a spinnaker pole matches the distance from the mast to the bow. This means that for the same boat, a whisker pole is significantly longer than a spinnaker pole. 

When can I fly my spinnaker?

While it depends on the weather and strength of the wind, there are a few ways to determine whether you should fly your spinnaker, like whether your boat will move faster with the sail, where the angle and direction of the wind is coming from, and whether your boat can handle a higher rate of speed. Most beginner spinnaker users should fly the spinnaker in under 15 knots of apparent wind speed. 

How to Fly a Spinnaker (Beginners Guide) 

Please note: This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal or medical advice. Please consult a legal expert or medical professional to address your specific needs.

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Asymmetric Spinnaker: A Guide to Efficient Downwind Sailing

by Emma Sullivan | Aug 6, 2023 | Sailboat Gear and Equipment

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Short answer asymmetric spinnaker:

An asymmetric spinnaker, also known as an A-sail or asym, is a type of sail used in sailing and typically utilized on boats with a bowsprit. It is designed to be flown off the wind and enables efficient downwind sailing by creating lift. Unlike symmetrical spinnakers, asymmetric spinnakers do not require constant trimming due to their aerodynamic shape.

Understanding the Asymmetric Spinnaker: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to sailing, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as flying an asymmetric spinnaker. Its unique design and aerodynamic capabilities make it an essential tool for any sailor looking to maximize speed and performance on the water. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the intricacies of the asymmetric spinnaker, unpacking its benefits, rigging techniques, and racing tactics.

So, what exactly is an asymmetric spinnaker? Unlike its symmetrical counterpart, which flies between two points on the boat’s centerline, the asymmetric spinnaker has a distinct luff curve that allows it to catch more wind from one side than the other. This innovative design creates a larger projected sail area and generates substantial lift. Consequently, you can achieve higher speeds and better control even in light winds or downwind conditions.

Rigging an asymmetric spinnaker correctly is crucial for optimal performance. The first step involves setting up a bowsprit or extending your existing bow pulpit to create sufficient clearance for the tack line. This additional extension serves as an attachment point for the tack line at a distance ahead of the forestay. By positioning the tack of the sail forward rather than at or behind your forestay, you gain more leverage and power when reaching.

The next step is hoisting your beautiful asymmetrical marvel using a halyard specifically designed for this purpose. Ensure that it runs freely through masthead sheaves or cheek blocks without any interference. Hoist until reaching optimal tension while taking care not to overtighten; a slight belly in your sail indicates proper trim.

Controlling shape and angle of attack is vital when sailing with an asymmetrical spinnaker . By adjusting both sheet tension and angle in relation to apparent wind direction, you can optimize speed and minimize drag. Generally speaking, trimming in more aggressively will increase lift but may decrease overall speed – finding the perfect balance is key. Remember, when sheeting in less and easing the sail , you reduce drag at the expense of lift and power.

When it comes to racing with an asymmetric spinnaker, strategy and tactics are paramount. Upwind performance is crucial to having a strong position prior to deploying your spinnaker. Prioritize boat speed and efficiency by correctly trimming your sails and paying attention to wind shifts. Once reaching a mark or rounding it, deploy your asymmetrical spinnaker swiftly but smoothly – efficient execution can make all the difference in maintaining a competitive edge.

In summary, grasping the fundamentals of using an asymmetric spinnaker is essential for any sailor hoping to take their performance on the water to new heights. Its ability to generate lift, maintain speed in various conditions, and enhance tactical racing maneuvers makes it an invaluable asset in every sailor’s toolkit. So next time you find yourself on a sailboat equipped with this fantastic sail, remember our comprehensive guide as you unleash its full potential upon the open waters !

How to Use an Asymmetric Spinnaker: Step-by-Step Instructions

Title: Mastering the Art of Sailing with an Asymmetric Spinnaker: Enlightening Step-by-Step Instructions

Introduction: Ahoy, seasoned sailors and aspiring seafarers! If you’re eager to take your sailing skills to new horizons, it’s time to delve into the realm of using an asymmetric spinnaker. This iconic sail has captured the hearts of many water-borne adventurers, offering unparalleled speed and excitement while navigating windward. Join us on this comprehensive journey as we unravel the mysteries behind utilizing an asymmetric spinnaker – step-by-step style!

1. Gearing Up for Success: Before embarking on our high-speed quest, ensure that your boat is well-equipped for a triumphant spin with an asymmetric spinnaker. Perform a meticulous inspection of your gear, checking for any signs of deterioration or malfunction. From sheets and halyards to blocks and fairleads, every element must be in shipshape condition.

2. The Perfect Preparatory Stance: As you’re readying your sailing craft, it’s crucial to establish the prime position from which you’ll launch into asymmetric glory. Begin by ensuring that your hull bears a distinct heel angle and trim correctly – typically 10-15 degrees (the “magic zone”). This angle shall allow optimal airflow over the sails while maintaining stability.

3. Hoisting Elegance: Now that our boat rests at its ideal tilt, it’s time to hoist our iridescent fabric masterpiece! Position yourself near the mast with the head of your asymmetric sail in-hand, effortlessly attaching it to a well-tensioned halyard. Gradually raise the sail while making sure it flies clear from any obstructions along its path.

4. Driving towards Destiny: The key component enabling successful traversal with an asymmetric spinnaker lies within steering technique mastery – aiming for finesse rather than brute force! Optimal helming entails maintaining a straight course with a slight bias downwind, ensuring the sail captures the wind ‘s favorable forces effectively.

5. Choosing the Proper Trim: Just as Oscar Wilde aptly stated, “To trim or not to trim? That is the question!” Indeed, it is. Achieving the ultimate efficiency with your asymmetric spinnaker requires finetuning its trim continuously. Assist yourself by first ensuring that your sheet angle remains consistent during transit; then, optimize its tension and leech flow for maximum velocity.

6. Feathering the Breeze: One essential skill when working with an asymmetric spinnaker involves navigating through different wind angles and adjusting accordingly. Experiment with small helm adjustments while meticulously observing changes in sail shape to harness even mild zephyrs from every direction – propelling you smoothly across waters like a skilled mariner.

7. Embracing the Potential of Gybing: Gybing, much like acing a tricky dance move, demands precision alongside finesse! Within this maneuver lies great potential for disaster if executed carelessly. Plotting your course wisely and maintaining tight coordination between crew members are vital aspects when gybing an asymmetric spinnaker successfully.

8. Careful Debrief and Ameliorations: As our exhilarating journey nears its end, don’t forget to indulge in a thorough debrief session after each session with your asymmetric spinnaker. Analyze what went well, identify room for improvement, and discuss how to adapt techniques moving forward – an excellent opportunity for personal growth!

Conclusion: Congratulations on evolving from a novice seafarer to becoming a proficient master of maneuvering an asymmetric spinnaker! By grasping these step-by-step instructions tightly within your sea salt-kissed fingers, you embark upon endless possibilities in achieving enhanced gracefulness on open waters . So set sail confidently toward horizons anew—the exhilarating world of asymmetrical sailing awaits!

Frequently Asked Questions about Asymmetric Spinnakers Answered

Asymmetric spinnakers, also known as A-Sails or gennakers, have become increasingly popular in the sailing world due to their versatility and ease of handling. However, many sailors still have questions surrounding these unique sails . In this blog post, we aim to address some Frequently Asked Questions about asymmetric spinnakers and provide you with detailed professional answers that are both witty and clever.

1. What exactly is an asymmetric spinnaker?

Ah, the mysterious asymmetrical spinnaker ! Picture a colorful sail that resembles a giant balloon floating at the bow of your sailboat. Unlike its symmetrical counterpart (the traditional spinnaker), the asymmetric one has a unique shape designed to generate power even when sailing off wind angles.

2. How is it different from a conventional spinnaker?

Well, dear reader, while both spinnakers serve the purpose of boosting your boat’s performance downwind, the main distinguishing feature lies in their shapes and how they are flown. The symmetric sails require more crew coordination and skill due to their need for constant adjustment with changing wind angles. On the other hand, asymmetrics are easy-peasy to handle solo or with a smaller crew since they only require one tack line adjustment.

3. Can I fly an asymmetric on my standard rigging ?

Indeed you can! That’s one of the beauties of asymmetric spinnakers – they can be flown without any additional modifications to your existing rigging setup. As long as you have a suitable bow sprit or whisker pole and a designated tack line led back to your cockpit, you’re good to go!

4. Aren’t asymmetricals only useful for downwind sailing?

Oh no, my friend! While they excel in downwind conditions where traditional sails struggle to catch any breeze, asymmetric spinnakers work wonders across various points of sail . They come alive on reaching angles, allowing you to maintain a powerful and efficient sail shape while leaving conventional sails in their wake. So go ahead, embrace the versatility!

5. How do I control the asymmetric spinnaker?

Think of it as a dance between the wind and your boat . To control an asymmetric’s flying shape, you’ll utilize the tack line and sheet adjustments. The tack line controls the height or depth of the sail relative to your boat , while the sheet fine-tunes its angle and tension. Balancing these two inputs requires finesse, but fear not! With practice, you’ll be twirling with grace.

6. Is there a specific technique for gybing with an asymmetric?

Ah, gybing – a maneuver that strikes fear into some sailors’ hearts! But fret not; asymmetrics bring smoothness to this once daunting task. By utilizing an inside gybe technique (bringing the new windward sheet around behind the mainsail), you can execute elegant gybes without overexerting yourself or your crew.

7. Are there any downsides to using an asymmetric spinnaker?

Every rose has its thorns, my friend. While asymmetricals offer numerous advantages, they may struggle in lighter winds where their shape fails to capture enough airflow to generate significant power. Additionally, they require careful handling when launching or retrieving to avoid snags or tangles – mistakes that can quickly turn any sailor into a knot-tying expert!

Remember, sailing is both an art and a science – mastery comes with experience and experimentation! So set forth with confidence armed with these answers to commonly asked questions about asymmetric spinnakers, and let your sails carry you on thrilling downwind adventures like never before!

Mastering the Art of Asymmetric Spinnaker Sail Trim

Mastering the Art of Asymmetric Spinnaker Sail Trim: Navigating The Waters of Precision and Creativity

Sailing enthusiasts and seasoned sailors alike are constantly searching for ways to enhance their skills on the water. One technique that stands out above the rest in terms of precision and creativity is mastering the art of asymmetric spinnaker sail trim. This advanced skill requires a deep understanding of sail shape, wind patterns, and strategic decision-making.

At its core, asymmetric spinnaker sail trim refers to the process of optimizing the shape and position of an asymmetric (or “A-sail”) spinnaker sail to achieve maximum performance and speed. This specific type of sail is characterized by its larger surface area up front than at the back, promoting aerodynamic lift that propels the boat forward with remarkable speed.

The first step towards mastering this art lies in understanding how different trim adjustments affect sail shape and overall performance. This intricate dance demands a combination of technical prowess and gut instinct. By closely monitoring telltales – small streamers affixed to the sails that indicate airflow – skilled sailors can identify areas where adjustments might be necessary.

One crucial element in achieving ideal asymmetrical spinnaker performance is controlling leech tension: too much tension reduces power, while too little causes excessive flapping or loss of control. The key lies in finding a balance between these extremes. By adjusting sheet tension along with factors like halyard tension and pole position, sailors have more precise control over their sails’ shape.

However, mastering this art doesn’t stop at just adjusting lines; it also involves making shrewd tactical decisions based on wind patterns and course layouts. Experienced sailors understand that optimal asymmetrical spinnaker trim varies depending on wind strength and direction. For instance, lighter winds demand fuller sails with looser sheet tension to generate enough power to drive through lulls, while stronger winds call for flatter shapes with tighter controls to prevent excessive heeling or luffing.

To truly excel in mastering the art of asymmetric spinnaker sail trim, sailors must develop an intuitive sense for their boat’s trimming needs. The ability to interpret subtle cues from the A-sail and make real-time adjustments allows sailors to leverage even the slightest wind variations for a competitive edge. It requires sharp observation, quick reflexes, and a deep understanding of the dynamics between wind , sail shape, and boat responsiveness.

Moreover, creativity plays a significant role in successful asymmetrical spinnaker passage. Each sailing experience presents its unique set of challenges – whether contending with crowded racecourses or navigating unpredictable gusts – which necessitates innovative thinking on the fly. Top-notch trimmers understand how to adapt their techniques by recognizing when conventional wisdom no longer applies. They turn limitations into opportunities by finding new angles and experimenting with novel approaches.

In conclusion, mastering the art of asymmetric spinnaker sail trim is a multifaceted endeavor combining technical precision with strategic decision-making and creative problem-solving. It requires sailors to intimately know their boats’ characteristics while staying attuned to ever-changing wind conditions. By harnessing these skills, sailors can harness the raw power of these sails to propel their vessels further and faster than ever before – leaving competitors in awe as they navigate through uncharted waters .

Choosing the Right Asymmetric Spinnaker for Your Sailing Needs

When it comes to enhancing your sailing experience, one cannot emphasize enough the importance of choosing the right asymmetric spinnaker to meet your specific needs. This incredibly versatile and dynamic sail has revolutionized the sport due to its impressive power, ease of use, and ability to capture every ounce of wind on your seafaring adventure.

First and foremost, let’s delve into what distinguishes an asymmetric spinnaker from its symmetrical counterpart. Unlike the traditional symmetrical spinnakers that require meticulous trimming and balancing techniques, asymmetric spinnakers are designed with a unique shape that allows for greater maneuverability and user-friendliness. The asymmetry in their cut not only provides improved lift but also minimizes the risk of accidental changes in course caused by unexpected gusts or flaws in technique.

Now, onto the exciting part – selecting the ideal asymmetric spinnaker for your individual sailing preferences! As with any decision in life, it is essential to consider various factors before making a final choice. These elements encompass everything from desired performance characteristics to overall durability and ease of handling.

One significant aspect worth considering is understanding how different materials affect your sail ‘s performance. Sails constructed from Nylon offer exceptional power-to-weight ratios, making them perfect for lighter winds where maximizing speed is crucial. If you frequently embark on high-performance sails or engage in racing events where agility rules the waves, opting for materials such as Kevlar or Polyester might be worth considering due to their superior strength and reduced stretch properties.

Furthermore, giving thought to size selection plays a vital role in ensuring optimal sailing experiences . Larger asymmetrical spinnakers tend to perform excellently during light air conditions when maximizing surface area becomes key. On the other hand, if you commonly encounter stronger winds or anticipate navigating challenging weather conditions that necessitate greater control over your vessel’s movement, choosing a smaller-sized sail will grant you enhanced maneuverability without compromising safety.

In addition to material choices and dimension considerations, the color of your asymmetric spinnaker can also impact its performance. While it may appear to be a purely aesthetic decision, selecting the right color can provide practical advantages on the water . Darker hues, such as blues or blacks, absorb heat and sunlight more effectively, resulting in greater sail pressure and improved performance in lighter winds . Conversely, lighter shades like white or silver possess excellent visibility characteristics – crucial for safety when sailing at dusk or under reduced visibility conditions.

Lastly, let’s not forget about personal style! Why settle for a plain white asymmetric spinnaker when you could elevate your boat’s appearance with vibrant patterns or custom designs? Let your sail become an extension of your personality and make a statement while zipping along the waves.

To conclude, choosing the perfect asymmetric spinnaker is not a decision that should be taken lightly. By meticulously considering factors like material selection, size preferences, color choices, and personal style considerations; you can ensure that your sailing adventures are nothing short of remarkable. So go ahead and embrace this game-changing innovation with confidence – capturing wind power has never been so exhilarating!

Tips and Tricks for Handling and Storing Your Asymmetric Spinnaker

Asymmetric spinnakers are an essential piece of equipment for any sailing enthusiast. These unique sails provide an extra boost of speed and can be extremely fun to use during downwind sailing. However, handling and storing your asymmetric spinnaker requires a certain level of skill and care. In this blog post, we will share some expert tips and tricks on how to handle and store your asymmetric spinnaker effectively.

1. Understand the Geometry: One of the first things you need to do before setting up your asymmetric spinnaker is to understand its geometry. Unlike symmetric spinnakers that have equal luff and leech lengths, asymmetrical spinnakers have a longer luff than leech, creating a curved shape when properly deployed. This unique design allows for better sail control and faster sailing angles.

2. Rigging Setup: Before hoisting your asymmetric spinnaker, make sure to have a proper rigging setup in place. Use a dedicated tack line that runs through the sail ‘s tack (bottom corner), which helps control the tension on the luff while allowing easy adjustments. Having a separate halyard for the spinny makes it easier to hoist and drop it without tangling with other sails or lines.

3. Have Your Crew Ready: Asymmetric spinnakers require careful coordination between skipper and crew members during deployment and retrieval. Ensure that everyone on board understands their roles beforehand to avoid confusion or mishaps once you’re out on the water.

4. Safety First – Deploying Your Spinnie: When deploying your asymmetric spinnaker, always prioritize safety first! Make sure all crew members are wearing life jackets, especially if conditions are gusty or unpredictable. Hoist the sail slowly but confidently, making sure there are no obstructions like shrouds or spreaders that could potentially snag or damage the sail.

5. Managing Sail Shape: A key aspect of handling an asymmetric spinnaker is maintaining optimal sail shape. To achieve this, it’s necessary to trim the sail using both the sheet (control line) and the guy (angled control line). These lines allow you to adjust tension at different points on the sail , influencing its shape and aerodynamics. A well-trimmed spinnaker will result in faster sailing speeds and better boat balance.

6. Gybing with Care: Gybing an asymmetric spinnaker requires extra caution and skill compared to a symmetric one. The key is to initiate the gybe slowly by starting with controlled speed reduction. Coordinate with your crew members to ensure that all lines are eased before initiating the gybe, preventing potential snags or accidental takedowns.

7. Storing Your Spinnie: When it’s time to drop your asymmetric spinnaker for storage, always do so in a calm and controlled manner. Have designated crew members ready on both sides of the foredeck to ease and flake the sail as it comes down. Avoid letting the sail drag in the water or touching any sharp objects onboard that could cause damage.

8. Proper Washing and Maintenance: After use, rinse your asymmetric spinnaker thoroughly with fresh water to remove any salt or dirt particles that could compromise its performance over time. Allow it to dry completely before stowing it away in a dry, well-ventilated area or a specially designed spinnaker bag.

In conclusion, handling and storing your asymmetric spinnaker requires knowledge, practice, and teamwork. But once mastered, this incredible piece of equipment can greatly enhance your sailing experience by providing exhilarating downwind speeds like no other sail type can offer! Follow these tips and tricks diligently to ensure safe usage while maximizing fun out on the water!

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Rigging a spinnaker

The spinnaker is a powerful sail that provides plenty of downwind sailing fun. The asymmetric spinnaker shown here is the spinnaker of choice for all modern dinghy classes, having taken over from the traditional and more complex symmetrical spinnaker.


When not in use, a modern spinnaker is stowed, ready rigged, in a chute that runs the length of the foredeck and back toward the cockpit. The spinnaker halyard is a continuous loop of rope led through the spinnaker chute to the bow of the dinghy, diagonally up to a fixed block on the mast, down the mast, and back around a turning block inside the cockpit. Pulling the halyard backward hoists the spinnaker up the mast; pulling the halyard forward pulls the spinnaker back inside its chute.

Choose a quiet day for rigging, put the boat where there is plenty of space, and lay the spinnaker out flat beside it. First of all, look carefully at the shape of the sail to identify the three corners.

The tack (bottom forward corner) is secured to the forward end of the spinnaker pole; the head (top corner), is attached to the uphaul end of the halyard; the clew, or outer corner, is attached to sheets. There are patches supporting rings on the vertical mid-line of the sail, through which the downhaul is led. These help to gather the sail into the chute when it is lowered.

after rigging, do a test hoist before you go on the water. Face the boat into the wind and pull up the halyard slowly to ensure that there are no twists in the sail or sheets, and that you have the three corners of the sail the right way round. Then retrieve it carefully into the chute, keeping it well clear of anything that might snag the sail.

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RIGGING A spinnaker

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3 Tie the two free ends of the spinnaker sheets together in the cockpit. When the crew grabs the sheet, it can be pulled either way.

4 The downhaul end of the halyard passes through a tack ring to a patch further up the sail. This helps gather the sail when you pull it down.

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5 Check that the downhaul pulls the whole sail inside the chute, with just the head and clew protruding. The spinnaker is now ready for hoisting.


To hoist, drop, or jibe the spinnaker, the helmsman must bear off downwind until sideways force on the rig is reduced to a minimum. This ensures that both crew can work safely from the center of the boat, with the mainsail blanketing the spinnaker area.

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1T0 hoist the spinnaker, pull the halyard hand over hand as fast as possible to ensure that the sail does not catch on the bow.

As the crew continues to hoist the spinnaker, the helmsman maintains a steady downwind course to prevent the spinnaker filling too soon.

3 With the spinnaker fully hoisted and the halyard cleated, the crew sheets in as the helmsman luffs on to a broad reach to power the sail.

The powerful spinnaker quickly lifts the dinghy on to a plane

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Sailing with a spinnaker

The popular asymmetric spinnaker shown here is easy to use and provides boost when sailing downwind on a broad reach and responds to the slightest of breezes.


The technique for sailing with an asymmetric spinnaker relies on sailing the boat flat at full speed on a broad reach, bearing away when a gust hits so that the boat stays level with less sideways pressure on the sails, then luffing as the gust passes to keep the boat flat with increased sideways pressure. This means that unless the wind is absolutely steady, you will never sail perfectly straight line toward your target. Instead, you will keep steering in a series of smooth curves to port or starboard to ensure the boat stays flat and fully powered.

Never sail low and go slow with a spinnaker. Always head up and sail fast, then bear away on the apparent wind.


Bear right away for the drop, so that the spinnaker is blanketed and the crew can work from the center of the boat. To control the drop, the crew can stand on the sheet or pass it to the helmsman, then take up all slack on the retrieval line before uncleating the halyard. Pull the spinnaker back into its chute as quickly as possible.

Spinnaker Retrieval Patch

Upwind "no spinnaker" zone


Helmsman and crew should work together to keep the boat as level as possible on the water for maximum speed. The crew constantly trims the spinnaker to make the most of the wind.

Zone to raise spinnaker


There is least pressure on the spinnaker when the wind is directly astern of the dinghy. As soon as the boat luffs on to a broad reach, you move into a "power zone" where the spinnaker will catch the wind, power up, and make hoisting or dropping the spinnaker less safe.

Power zone sailing with a spinnaker


Dinghies with asymmetric spinnakers sail a direct downwind course by jibing from side to side on a series of broad reaches. When jibing with a spinnaker, the helm should steer a gentle curve from broad reach to broad reach, matching the speed of the turn to the ability of the crew to cross the boat and sheet in the spinnaker on the new side. The boat should stay flat and keep moving at speed throughout the jibe, rather than slowing right down and getting knocked over by the apparent wind.

While concentrating on the spinnaker, don't forget that the mainsail is also jibing, with the boom swinging across the cockpit.

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Keep speed up throughout the jibe. Sailing fast reduces load on the rig as the mainsail comes across and the crew sheets in on the new side.

Spinnaker Knock Over

The crew gets ready for the jibe by moving into the cockpit and taking up slack on the new sheet.

Spinnaker Knock Over

2 Bearing off downwind, the crew pulls on the old sheet to flatten the spinnaker in mid-jibe.

4 The helmsman straightens the boat out on the new course.

The crew trims the spinnaker so the luff is just starting to curl, which provides maximum power.

3 The crew pulls in the new sheet and lets the old sheet run free, while moving onto the side deck.

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How t rig a 49er for the spinnaker?
Rigging a 49er for the spinnaker involves a series of steps and requires specific equipment. Here's a general guide on how to do it: Gather the necessary equipment: You will need a spinnaker sail, spinnaker halyard, two spinnaker sheets, two spinnaker blocks, two spinnaker cleats, and a spinnaker pole. Attach the spinnaker halyard: Attach one end of the spinnaker halyard to the head of the spinnaker sail and run the other end through the masthead sheave and down to the cockpit. Install the spinnaker blocks: Attach the spinnaker blocks to the port and starboard side of the hull, near the mast. These blocks will guide the spinnaker sheets. Install the spinnaker cleats: Attach the spinnaker cleats close by the spinnaker blocks. These cleats will secure the spinnaker sheets once they are adjusted. Attach the spinnaker pole: Connect the spinnaker pole to the mast and secure it with a pole-up hauler. Rig the spinnaker sheets: Attach each spinnaker sheet to the spinnaker clew and run them through the spinnaker blocks. Make sure the sheets are free of any twists or tangles. Set up the control lines: Adjust the spinnaker halyard tension using a halyard tensioning system. Connect the pole-downhaul line to the pole and run it back to the cockpit for easy control. Prepare the spinnaker: Flake the spinnaker sail and attach the spinnaker sock or bag to contain the sail when not in use. Hoist the spinnaker: Hoist the spinnaker by pulling the halyard while someone guides the spinnaker with the control lines, ensuring it flows smoothly. Control the spinnaker: Use the spinnaker sheets for controlling the sail's angle of attack and adjust the pole position and downhaul to maintain a proper shape. Keep in mind that this is a general guide and specific rigging steps may vary depending on the type of 49er or personal preferences. It's always recommended to consult your boat's manual or a professional for detailed instructions.

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A sailboat uses different sails depending on the condition and the angle of the wind to the boat. You have the mainsail that provides the majority of the propulsion. But when you need to sail off the wind, the spinnaker does the job. It is designed for sailing between a reach and downwind. So finding the right spinnaker for sale for your sailboat is important.

The spinnaker usually stands out on the water because of its bright colors. They are also the largest sails on a boat, allowing them to harness more wind then any other type of sail. But because they are made from lighter fabrics, sailors should be wary of when to fly them. Overly windy conditions can lead to catastrophic tears on the sail.

From a storm or or regular wear, eventually you will eventually need to replace your spinnaker with a new one or find another similar used spinnaker for sale. Sometimes, you may want to try other designs to see how they work on your boat. The most cost-efficient way to do that is to buy from the second-hand market.

Platforms like provide you an opportunity to reach out to other like-minded sailors who could have something you need: looking to sell a spinnaker or find a spinnaker for sale. All you have to do is know the size of the you’re looking for, and the find the right size you need.

Finding used spinnaker for sale is a more affordable option compared to getting a new one. However, it is more challenging. You need to know what you are looking for and ask the right questions to find the perfect fit for you. There are several factors to consider in the process. For example, what type of spinnaker are you looking for?

Racing Spinnaker

A racing spinnaker is designed for one purpose: speed. It is a performance sail for sailors who like to compete in races or want faster boat speed. They also help you sail better in downwind conditions, which usually compose about half of a race. The right racing spinnaker gives you more power to get to maximum speeds on your vessel.

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Other captains and sailors do not consider speed as the primary performance metric for their sails. Other factors could be more important depending on how you want to sail. For those looking for a durable and reliable spinnaker, a cruising design is best for you.

Whether you want a racing or a cruising spinnaker, the shape is another thing you want to consider.

Symmetric and Asymmetric Spinnakers

The symmetrical spinnaker features the same shape on either side of the center vertical line. The top part attaches to a halyard. The bottom corners are called clews. The windward side, when flying, is known as the tack.

The advantage of a symmetrical spinnaker is stability. You can attach the windward side to a pole to achieve this. However, their biggest advantage comes from the ability to sail at deep angles. Some boats can even sail dead downwind with symmetrical spinnakers.

An asymmetric spinnaker is more triangular compared to a symmetric one. They have three corners, which are:

  • The head which attaches to the halyard
  • The tack which goes to a tackline that goes all the way to the end of a fixed spinnaker pole
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The two types of spinnakers are built for different situations. Consider how you like to sail to determine which one suits you. Once you know, you can start your search for a new spinnaker.

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Our philosophy itself is a practical one...we realize our students sail with colleagues, friends and family - usually not proficient sailors - so we give our students the skills to teach their fellow sailors how to have fun, safely on the Bay. 90% of our instruction is on-the-water. The sooner you put theory into application, the sooner you grow comfortable with being at sea. You’ll be guided in a step by step, hands-on approach to sailing, striving towards a certificate of completion from the nationally recognized American Sailing Association.

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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A series of three new electric monohull commuter ferries have already begun operational sailings on the Moskva River in the Russian capital Moscow.

Built by Russian shipyard Emperium, sister vessels Sinichka , Filka , and Presnya – all named after rivers in Moscow – are being operated by the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development (Moscow Deptrans). They are the first units of a planned fleet of 20 vessels that will serve the capital city and other nearby communities. The new ferry system will be the water transport system to be operated on the Moskva River in 16 years.

Each vessel has a welded aluminium hull, an LOA of 21 metres, a beam of 6.2 metres, a draught of only 1.4 metres, a displacement of 40 tonnes, and capacity for 80 passengers plus two crewmembers. Seating is available for 42 passengers on each ferry, and the main cabins are also fitted with USB charging ports, wifi connectivity, tables, toilets, and space for bicycles and scooters. The cabin layout can be rearranged to allow the operator to adjust the distances between the seats and to install armrests of varying widths.

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An open upper deck is also accessible to passengers and is the only area on each ferry where smoking is allowed.

The ferries are all of modular construction with each ferry’s wheelhouse, main cabin, and other structural elements being built as complete, separate components. This enables the ferries to be easily dismantled for transport to anywhere in Russia by rail and then quickly re-assembled within seven days.

The ferries are also ice-capable. Recently completed operational trials on the Moskva showed that the vessels can also easily navigate under mild winter conditions with broken surface ice, though year-round operations are planned for the entire fleet.

The ferries are each fitted with 500kWh lithium iron phosphate battery packs that supply power to two 134kW motors. This configuration can deliver a maximum speed of 11.8 knots, a cruising speed of just under 10 knots, and a range of 150 kilometres.

Emperium said the transfer of rotation of electric motors to the propeller is carried out by direct drive. As a propulsion installation, a pulling rotary propeller-steering column with double screws is used. The installation of double pulling screws, with similar power, allows an operator to increase the efficiency of the propulsion system to deliver a slightly higher speed or to reduce energy consumption. This arrangement also provides the ferries with enhanced manoeuvrability necessary for navigating in close quarters.

The batteries themselves have projected service lives of 10 to 12 years and are fitted with safety features such as built-in fire extinguishers and gas vents. Quick-disconnect features allow the batteries to be easily removed for replacement or maintenance.

Some of our readers have expressed disquiet at our publication of reviews and articles describing new vessels from Russia. We at Baird Maritime can understand and sympathise with those views. However, despite the behaviour of the country’s leaders, we believe that the maritime world needs to learn of the latest developments in vessel design and construction there.

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