The C&C 30 OD is designed with a non-retractable bow sprit in order to take advantage of the greater structural integrity of a fixed sprit with a bobstay. On a boat as powerful as the C&C 30 OD, it’s essential to minimize bend in the pole in order to control halyard tension on the asymmetrical spinnaker; it’s even more critical with the Code 0, which will be used in offshore races. (If the pole flexes, the halyard is effectively eased, causing the draft to move aft and adding heeling force.)
The C&C 30 OD sprit pole is not retractable, but it is removable. To install the pole, the inboard end passes through the opening in the bow and rests on an interior bulkhead. This bulkhead carries most of the compression load and prevents water from entering the boat.
The sprit is held in place with the bobstay. This spectra line dead-ends on the stem near the waterline, travels up to, and then through, the outboard end of the pole, passing into the boat through a small fairlead in the sprit bulkhead. The tail dead-ends inside the boat on the main bulkhead.
This setup allows easy removal of the pole for traveling or while on the dock/mooring. Just loosen the tail of the bobstay line from the main bulkhead, pop out the pole, and stow it on deck. (The bobstay has an extra-long tail that allows removal without unthreading the line from the pole.)