We had 3581 out today in a bit of a blow and were a little disconcerted by the amount of bend in the mast when going downwind with the kite up. If we ploughed into the back of a wave the jib would end up flapping in the breeze with the forces in the rig.
try de-raking the mast downwind, letting shrouds off.
Did you have your puller on?
Yup puller was on hard.
I used to own Prologue. In a blow the last thing you'd want to do would be to let the rig tension (shrouds) off downwind. However, you should try to adjust the rake so the mast is more upright. Generally speaking, on a downwind leg the stronger the wind the more the jib luff is likely to go slack. We found this at Whitstable in the strong winds on the Thursday and Friday.
Gareth Griffiths Notting Hill Rigging Co
Apologise for digging around old threads...!
I don't think anybody is suggesting that the one-string system 'eased' in the gusts, more that the forces on the mast where causing it to close the distance between jib halyard sheave and mast foot/jib tack, thereby slackening the jib luff. The debate seems to be whether it is due to the spinnaker pole forcing the lower mast backwards (despite the best efforts of the puller) or the top of the mast flexing forward due to insufficient shroud tension. My one-string system (standard Winder set-up) wouldn't self-adjust, even with both cleats undone; definitely requires positive application of effort to either fwd or back string.
If the puller is on likely causes would be (in no particular order...)
I wasn't considering that the one-string system uncleared, more that with the "winder special block system" most people are using, that as the one string part has less purchase than the rig tensioning controls, that it therefore has more strain and more elasticity.
I've had two Winder boats with one string systems. As long as I've had the correct rig and puller tension I have never had a problem with the rig "easing in a big gust". So, no, I have not been concerned.