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Allan Beswick
51 Posts
17th January 2023 - 12:50 am

Just curious. I have a photo of my boat racing of Cowes. On a broad reach she has Main, Genoa  and set above this is a small Spinnaker. My question is when did this go out of fashion and why?


Peter Mulville
250 Posts
29th January 2023 - 9:00 am

Hi Allan

I've looked at this post a number of times and hoped for a more informed reply. My answers are:

It's not out of fashion for some dinghy classes - the Mirror Dinghy features in many photos I found on the web.

Probably, for those that want to go faster, the Code Zero or whatever you want to call it, is an easier solution. I remember we had a Starcut Spinnaker by Gowens that worked well not only downwind but with the wind still aft but well on the beam. This was very new at the time.

There's a matter of crew workload...having two sails to look after might cause certain complaints.

I have acquired a small spinnaker that I have not yet used...I'm much tempted to experiment next season. It will look pretty if I achieve it.


Andrew McPherson
2 Posts
30th January 2023 - 9:29 am

Hi Allan,

Peter answers it. I’m not a regatta sailmaker, but as the sport evolves, simpler solutions develop. Less lines to pull and efficiency are easier for the extra 1/3 knot or not are worth it. The Code-O for example. It sets up and rolls up on it’s own stay in a flash. When it went out beats me. Systems phase out as time goes by.



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