Understanding Trim

Peter Isler gives you the keys to sail downwind at top speed under your kite. "From the Experts" from our May 1996 issue.

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Spinnaker Trim
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"Every time I went racing I was faced with the reality that fast spinnaker trim, albeit simple in theory, requires a tremendous amount of work--more than any other sail," writes Peter Isler in "Understanding Trim," Sailing World, May 1996. "When was the last time you cleated off your spinnaker sheet for any length of time?"

For one of the best spinnaker guides ever written (if we do say so ourselves), read on below.