To help out the crew, the boat comes with a takedown line system, which is a line that attaches to the center of the spinnaker and runs down the forward hatch and back to a block on the interior transom of the boat. In theory all you need to do is blow the sheet, tack line, and halyard; pull hard on the takedown line; and the chute disappears down the hatch. Our first attempt at a douse showed us just how difficult it is to make any sailing maneuver go according to plan the first time. Through the practice days and the event the takedown remained one of our most difficult maneuvers. Most of the problems came when we approached the leeward gate on starboard. On a port-jibe approach, the takedown system works great, pulling the chute over the forestay and then down the hatch. On starboard, the chute comes straight in over the rail, which puts it closer to the water. What we learned was that on the douse, the helmsmen had to make an aggressive turn toward dead downwind—a swaggle in some parlance—to put the boat under the chute before it could be dropped. When we started doing this, more of the chute fell on to the deck as it came down and less in the water. Of all the things that combined to allow us to win our division at Key West Race Week, this may have been the biggest. We avoided shrimping the spinnaker on the takedowns.