Three spinnakers is megl’ than one…but what a “deck” in gybing!


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Probably the speed at carrying swells did not satisfy the crew of this American boat. And like good Yankees, to remedy the problem they thought big, hoisting as many as three spinnakers: in addition to the normal one fitted with a spinnaker, they fixed another one as a gennaker and one at the head of the second mast. Surely the pitch may have been good, but the gybes? Good thing there were quite a few on board!



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1 thought on “Three spinnakers is megl’ than one…but what a “deck” in gybing!”

  1. A comment for the “three spinnakers” image:
    The other sail in the main mast is not another spinnaker. It is a “big boy”, a sail designed and made exactly for this purpose, to be flown with a spinnaker when running downwind. Those were not uncommon in larger racing yachts 50 or so years ago. It needs to be taken down before gybing.

    The colorful sail in the mizzen mast might be called “mizzen ballooner” ,but there are probably other names too.

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