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I looked at the Enterprise website where they have good info on a “flyaway” jib pole system. Essentially, the jib pole is suspended by a bungee cord from the mast and pulled down by a control line which is connected to and runs from the jib clew, up through the centre of the jib pole, exits through a sheave, down to a turning block and cleat screwed to the deck.

The advantages are; no chance of the pole disappearing overboard and the crew doesn’t have to try to spear the jib and hook onto the mast when the boat may be bouncing all over the place. Also its easier to goosewing the jib effectively, especially single-handed.

Would this be a legal fitment for Wayfarer racing. I looked at the rules and so far, have only found reference to “running rigging” which need not comply with the official drawings. i.e. the “flyaway” jib pole rigging would be legal.

What’s the view of more experienced racers.

Regards, Dave Doran.