When launching the spinnaker it is best to be on a broad reach with the mainsheet out and cleated so it isn’t over loaded. When ready, simply pull the blue halyard line and the spinnaker will deploy out of the snuffer. When the spinnaker is fully raised, cleat the halyard then grab the leeward sheet and off you go!
To retrieve the spinnaker, sail on a broad reach and cleat the mainsheet. Drop the sheet and grab the red retrieval line located just to the left of the daggerboard. When ready with the retrieval line, uncleat the spinnaker halyard and pull the retrieval line. Some tugging may be necessary when the spinnaker is ½ way down and entering the snuffer bag. Don’t be afraid to tug with some force to get the sail all the way in the bag.
GYBING (& tacking!)
Gibing the spinnaker is extremely easy. As you are coming about and the wind swings around the back of the boat, drop the old spinnaker sheet and grab the new spinnaker sheet and pull the sail around. The mainsail will gibe above your head. If the wind is light and you are able to sail into the wind it is sometimes possible to tack the sail. As the TRIAK tacks through the wind, drop the old sheet and pickup the new sheet, pull the sail around, then trim the sail.
In general a spinnaker is in perfect trim when sheeted out to where the leading edge of the sail is just curling. If the spinnaker starts to collapse, sheet in until it is full again. The spinnaker works best when not sheeted in too tight. So, “when in doubt, let it out!” It’s a blast sailing the TRIAK with the spinnaker sheet in one hand, the mainsheet in the other, healing your torso over and feeling the boat accelerate in puffs and when in perfect trim.
MAINSAIL FURLING WHILE THE SPINNAKER IS RIGGED
Atop the mast is a swivel block attached to a rotating wand. As you furl and unfurl the mainsail, the spinnaker halyard must have some tension applied so it doesn’t wrap around the mast while furling. Before you furl or unfurl the mainsail, check to make sure the spinnaker halyard is cleated with tension. If the halyard gets wrapped when you’re furling, simply unfurl to clear the halyard, tension the halyard, and re-furl.