Now they are in Grenada and we had the chance to pick Jamie's brain about our spinnaker.
One of the first things that had to be done was to rig our spinnaker pole. This pole has been lashed on our deck since we bought Rhapsody. It sure is nice to put it to use as a sail holder rather than just a dirt gatherer! The back lines are the lines that haul the pole up and hold it down.
Jamie working on attaching lines
Next the snuffer is raised to release the spinnaker
And there she is, in all her glory! (Fortunately in this picture you can't see the repairs and aging!) Ain't she purty?
Then the debriefing and gathering of information from Jamie ' s encyclopedia knowledge. Thank you Jamie, your help was much appreciated.
Now that we know how to use our spinnaker we hope to rig it up again soon to help lock in the information. The reality of much use, however, is small as the amount of work it takes to get out all the proper rigging ready and the sail up and flying is great. It will take just the right amount of wind, blowing in the right direction, and a long enough journey to make it worthwhile.
Spinnakers certainly are spectacular to look at. I am very glad that we now know how to fly ours.