That is the question!
We we had a great sail last night on the first race of the Oborns Nautical Twilight Series. The evening started with a light southerly which died away to nothing as we crossed the line sideways with the incoming tide.
Then a lovely light Easterly filled in and we confidently set, gybed and dropped our beautiful big bright pink spinnaker perfectly a number of times.
(an old photo of Wildwood showing off her gorgeous pink spinnaker!)
Then the breeze filled in even more and events combined to a result of the spinnaker flying along from the top of the mast behind the boat like a big pink handkerchief!
I don’t normally put knots in the end of the spinnaker sheets, as once on a yacht I used to crew with when we broached and dumped the sheets the knot flew through a block and blew it apart.
However now as the kite was flying with sheets flailing behind I wondered how we would ever get it down! Easing the halyard just meant it was still flying sky high but just a bit further behind! Thankfully one of the sheets was stuck in the pole so we managed to haul it in from there. But had that not happened then I have no idea what we would have done!
(here is a nice pic of a yacht demonstrating the manoeuvre we did last night)
Our friends on Flying Machine reckon knots are the way to go – with a knife handy should it all get too crazy…
So what do you think? Knot or No Knot?