The conventional wisdom when it comes to spinnaker takedowns is that the leeward drop is easiest. This may be true for small boats, but on bigger boats, up to about 40 or 45 feet, a windward drop is easier and cleaner. I never like pulling the sail down while on the leeward side of the boat with the genoa in the way. There are also a lot of times when you have no choice since it's always better to drop the sail on the correct side for the next set. Timing is key with the weather strip and there are a few fine points to perfecting it, but when done right, the spinnaker will come up clean and flying on the next set. To see how a top team gets it done, let's review a great sequence from the 2009 Congressional Cup, a Grade 1 match-racing event hosted by Long Beach YC in March. Remember, in match racing marks are left to starboard so the spinnaker gear is always set up on the starboard side.