Dip Pole Gybe using lazy sheets and guy


step by step by pineapplesails

The Dip-Pole Jibe
With two sheets and two guys, this system converts the spinnaker jibe from the classification of “To be avoided at all costs” to the point where a practiced crew can handle a jibe with ease. The beauty of this method is the strain of the spinnaker is taken with one set of sheets and guys so that during the jibe the bowman can easily get the unloaded new guy into the pole. The dip pole method works like this:
  • 1. When the call for the jibe comes, the mastman raises the inboard end of the spinnaker pole up the mast so that when the pole swings through the foretriangle it will clear the forestay.
  • 2. The spinnaker pole topping lift is lowered so that the outboard end is just above the bow pulpit when it swings across the boat. (To ensure that the pole swings across the bow in the same arc, jibe after jibe you need to mark the mast and the topping lift. The mast should be marked at the height that the inboard end of the pole reaches when it is raised, while the topping lift is marked so that the outboard end of the pole may always be lowered to the same position. )
  • 3. The bowman goes to the pulpit with unloaded spinnaker guy in hand.
  • 4. The helmsman turns the boat dead downwind.
  • 5. As the boat turns, the spinnaker guy is tight-ened until the pole is perpendicular to the centerline of the boat. Trimming the pole perpendicular like this rotates the spinnaker to what will be the new leeward side of the boat.
  • 6. When the boat is dead downwind, the skipper yells “Trip” which tells the mastman to open the outboard jaw of the pole so that the guy flies free of the pole. (Make sure that the pole is always set with the jaws facing up.) With the guy free, the sail is controlled by the two spinnaker sheets.
  • 7. The mastman pulls the pole to the bowman in the pulpit using the trip line.
  • 8. As the pole comes over, the mainsail is swung over to the new side.
  • 9. When the bowman gets the new guy in the spinnaker pole jaw, he yells “Made!” which tells the person trimming the guy that he can now tension it. Once the guy is tensioned, the old sheet is released.
  • 10. Finally, the spinnaker is trimmed to the wind, the topping lift is raised and the inboard end of the pole is lowered.
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Sheet (BLUE) & Guy (RED) configuration


Spinnaker Sheet : 23 m at 10 mm spectra blue, one end 55 mm long eye without cover from this eye 0,3 m must be with cover. From the 0,3 m with cover 4,8 m must be

without cover. Other end sailmakers whip.

Guy : 23 m at 10 mm spectra red, one end 55 mm long eye without cover from this eye 0,3 m must be with cover. From the 0,3 m with cover 4,8 m must be without cover. Other end sailmakers whipGuy


Spinnaker Barber Haul : 7 m at 6 mm spectra blue, one end sailmakers whip, other end with hot rope cutter.