Riot Stretches Her Legs
I hate spinnaker socks. At first I was drawn in by their allure: an easy way to set and douse the spinnaker in all conditions. I mean, who doesn’t want that; especially when the wind comes up on you unexpectedly!
But in my experience “troublesome” is a much better word than “easy” to describe spinnaker sock use. They love to get fouled up during the set: bunching the spinnaker up inside the sock so badly that you have to drop the whole mess and pull the sock off to unfoul it. Screwing with the trimmer by interfering with the tack while the chute is flying. Hiding corrosion that leads to shrimping. Fouling up gybes.
Of course, one can have a splendid time in spite of a spinnaker sock:
Of course, I cut out all the footage of us struggling with the sock on the set and the gybes. And all of the audio of me griping about socks under my breath as we sorted it out.
At the end of the day the sock accomplished its most important job: a quick and easy douse. I’d still consider a spinnaker sock single-handed or double handed on a 50+ footer. It’s a tool, not a magic wand.
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See you out there.
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