Reaching without a spinnaker

Trying to sail fast on a close reach can often be frustrating. If the wind angle is too far forward for a spinnaker, it's very hard to find a good lead for the genoa. You could really use a special set of tracks suspended two feet to leeward of the gunwale.

Here are some of the problems when ever your apparent wind is in the 35 to 65 degree range:

© North Sails
© North Sails


In these conditions, you should certainly move your jib lead out to the rail, and forward somewhat from its upwind position. Unfortunately, there is not always much more you can do. Unless you carry a special reaching sail, you'll just have to wait for the wind to go aft so you can set your chute.

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