In moderate to heavy air, before going for a spinnaker douse, **always make sure the jib is sheeted in enough to ensure it won't foul the kite on the douse and the top of the sail won't wrap **around the headstay when the skipper turns down for the drop. Over sheeting is better than undersheeting.
If for some reason the top of the jib (particularly the top batten) gets wrapped around the headstay, don't allow the boat to turn up until the twist is cleared. The only way to clear that twist, without breaking the battens, is by sailing downwind. It's usually far more efficient to sail a length or two past the mark, clear the jib, and then head upwind as opposed to trying to head upwind, realizing the jib isn't going to clear itself, and then bearing.
Always manage the risk verses reward of any maneuver. Unless there's a compelling reason to gamble on a high-risk maneuver, take the conservative route, especially early in a regatta. In this case, we would've been better off with an early takedown and conceding the inside position to Hoss. They had the more difficult maneuver, a Mexican, and a harder turn. The odds are good that we could've rounded behind them, but on a higher line that would've allowed us to survive as everyone beat feat for the very favored right corner. At worse, we could've taken two clearing tacks and still protected our third, which on Day 1 of a four-day, 19-boat regatta, is plenty good.