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Spinnaker Handling

1 Day: Call us for a price, or submit an enquiry and we will get back to you.

Own Boat: £295 + travel

Many people find putting the spinnaker up a little daunting to say the least.

This course will help you gain confidence in a controlled environment with an experienced skipper.

During the course you will be using symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers, end to end gybing and dip-pole gybing as well as using spinnaker snuffers.

The course will be carried out on one of our highly equipped 'Strata' yachts appropriately rigged to demonstrate all aspects of the course.

It is possible to complete this course on your own boat if you would prefer.



Please call for availability 

Suggested Previous Experience

Day Skipper or equivalent



  • On board one of the School's highly equipped yachts
  • Own boat if you prefer (individual dates to be arranged with our administration)



Types of spinnaker; equipment and terms; single line sheets with barber hauler; twin sheets; setting the equipment.

Hoisting and setting spinnaker; pole height and angle; clew height.

Running with the spinnaker; heavy airs - light airs; stability on the run; close reaching how high you can point.

Broaching - what is it; avoiding the broach.

Gybe the spinnaker; dip pole twin lines; end for end pole gybe single lines.

Dropping the spinnaker; cockpit saloon drop; forepeak drop; packing a spinnaker

Asymmetric - Setting equipment and Asymmetric; Asymmetric on a pole; Asymmetric on the tack strop; dropping the asymmetric; repacking.

Optional Extras

  • Musto Waterproofs (wet weather gear) £10 for the day
  • Sail Trim Book - Sail & Rig Tuning by Ivan Dedeham - £12.99 - Available from the office.

Next Step

Why not try the Fastnet or Marmaris Race Week.


East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com