@Jim Briggs wrote:
when pulling new halliards into a mast is there a technique for avoiding getting the new lines twisted around the old ones, or is it more hit or miss?
Keep the other lines taut and check with a flashlight. Also use the flash through the Gib sheave while looking up the mast from the foot. If it is not to your liking try again. Removing the Gib sheave may help, it gives access to the inside of the mast with tweezers or long and narrow pliers or even a bent knitting needle or a bicycle wheel spoke. It takes some tweaking, I never said it was an easy job. (And if all else fails, try cursing )
Here is brief description of our routine:
- 1. Helm hoists the spinnaker and tries to fly if. The guy and sheet are led through two through-deck sheaves in the thwart so both crew members can reach for it. (We use continuous sheeting).
2. The crew sets the pole while the helm is trying to fly the kite.
3. If the crew is done the helm passes the guy and sheet over to the crew.
4. The helm adjusts the pole height and crew cleats the Guy .
Meanwhile someone has to look after the centerboard, the barber haulers, the Genoa and Main sheeting while keeping an eye on the compass and the rest of the fleet…….
Currently we are practicing another routine similar to yours but we try to set the pole before the buoy. Then, after rounding the mark, all that needs to be done is hoist the kite and raise the CB. Obviously this can’t be done if we are both hiking out, but in light conditions it may be faster. We agree on the routine to use well before we reach the mark.
A similar discussion can be held about dropping the kite: Pole first or pole last?
The important thing is to find a routine that works for you and your crew. We got our routine down by practicing several hours on sunny Sunday afternoons and during club races and we are still changing and improving our act. The best routine is what ever works best for you and your crew.