Having returned to mirror sailing recently. The mirror I purchased has a spinnaker and after much searching and reading, all the guides described a self launching pole system. Unfortunately I have an end to end pole. Whilst I have been successful in rigging the spinnaker uphaul / downhaul and guy / sheet, I cannot fathom how to rig the poles uphaul and downhaul. I have passed a line up to the pulley on the mast and back down to the pole and attached with a hook however there appears to be no cleats. As for the pole downhaul the is a line running from the base of the mast to the bow and back and a further 2 lines attached to a pulley at the base of the mast but as to how these should be attached I have no idea. Please help. If anyone has any photos could they email them to me at
or post in reply as I'm sure you'll agree my description does not paint a picture! Thanks
The lack of cleats for the uphaul may be because some systems had no adjustment of pole height or used a series of knots in a plastic fitting with "V" grooves in each end to adjust the height.
The uphaul needs to be strong enough to resist the force of the guy in the reaching hook, so you need NO ELASTIC in it. I would add a cleat at the base of the mast or run it around a block on the stowage bulkhead and then back to a cleat on the aft edge of the daggerboard case so it is easy for the helm to adjust.
The downhaul needs to be rope from where the pole attaches to the pulley at the base of the mast. You need a stopper knot here, so the pole can't go too high. After this you need elastic to take up the slack when the uphaul/downhaul is not in use. Run the elastic to the block near the bow and then back to mast (no end of other ways of running this). I would use 5mm diameter elastic, so long as that goes around your blocks OK. With a fly-away system, you need more "travel" on the downhaul than with end to end, so these can be more complex.
The uphaul and downhaul are connected where the pole attaches. At least 3 ways of attaching the pole, hook and eye, loop and ramp, and the knot and "V" groove I've already mentioned. With the loop and ramp the pole remains inside the loop, so has to be stowed along the boom.