1. You Can Sail Deeper Angles:
A whisker pole allows you to sail deeper angles downwind because it keeps the jib from collapsing and keeps it from being backfilled by the main. Additionally, a whisker pole allows you to sail wing-on-wing and increases downwind performance.
2. You Can Sail Faster:
An article in the September 2014 edition of Sail Magazine stated that “a poled-out A-sail pulls like a train.” Enough said.
3. Increases Sail Area:
A whisker pole increases sail area and pulls the headsail in front of the main. This allows clean air to power the headsail and keeps the jib from collapsing due to back filling.
4. Improved Performance with an Asymmetric Spinnaker:
Many people are not aware that sail manufacturers recommend the use of a whisker pole with asymmetric spinnakers when sailing dead downwind. The pole can be placed on either the windward side attaching to the tack or on the leeward side attaching to the clew. This pulls the A-sail in front of the main and allows you to sail dead downwind. Without a whisker pole, you’re stuck gybing to your mark.
5. Makes Cruising More Enjoyable:
Whisker poles improve the cruising experience in a number of ways. The pole keeps the jib from flopping and being back filled by the main. This results in a more comfortable ride and better boat handling. Additionally, with a whisker pole you can “set it and forget it”, allowing you to sail dead downwind with minimal effort because you do not have to constantly gybe. For the dedicated sailor, this greatly enhances your cruising experience.
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