Take Control of Your Downwind Sails with a Forespar Whisker Pole

Date Posted:21 April 2021 

If you need to get downwind and have a conventional non-planing hull, flying a jib, genoa or asymmetrical sail with a whisker pole is the fastest, smoothest and easiest way to get there.

Just point her deep downwind, hook up the pole to your mast and head sail sheet, and enjoy a comfortable run towards your destination.

Whisker Poles Virtually Eliminate that Annoying Sail Bounce Noise

Whisker poles are used to "wing out" the jib when sailing downwind. Sailors who have experienced downwind sailing without one can appreciate the value of being able to stabilize the jib, enabling the sail to work more efficiently and without the noise of the sail flopping in the wind and waves.

Forespar* manufactures the finest and most complete line of Whisker Poles in the world.

Benefits of Using a Whisker Pole for Downwind Sailing

•  Provides Stable Sailing On Deep Downwind Angles

•  Works Well For Long Distance Downwind Sailing

•  Adjustable Lengths For Use With Different Types Of Sails

A Pole Type for Every Sailing Style & Budget 

From the smallest daysailor, to the largest offshore racing and cruising sailboats, Forespar makes a time-tested model of whisker pole to help you get downwind fast, safe and comfortably. We offer two basic styles of poles that feature either our Twist Lock or Line Control length adjustment systems. Each type comes in a wide array of options and sizes, so you should be able to find the perfect pole to match your sailing style.

Models to choose from

Twist Lock Pole by Forespar

Twist Lock - Perfect for smaller boat sailing on boats up to 28ft. Adjust & set length with a simple twist of the telescoping pieces.


Line Control Pole by Forespar

Line Control™ - Designed for larger sailboats up to 28ft. Adjust length with the pull of a line from the mast end of the pole.


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