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Post Options Post Options   Quote Turkey  Pie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 17 at 5:53pm
Fastest way to the next mark is rarely in a straight line. Sail high in the lulls and and low in the gusts. The faster your boat, the more extreme your angle's can be and still pull away.
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Originally posted by Turkey Pie

Fastest way to the next mark is rarely in a straight line. Sail high in the lulls and and low in the gusts. The faster your boat, the more extreme your angle's can be and still pull away.

'Never', I'd say.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Turkey  Pie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 17 at 7:36pm
I usually try to go straight when it's blowing dogs off chains. Only deviate to gain control in gusts, but otherwise agree
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In almost no wind it can be quickest, assuming no zephers anywhere you can pick up on. No point in adding distance for no reason.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Turkey  Pie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 17 at 8:16pm
If you can't see any wind changes on the water i would hope I wasn't put anyway
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All part of the skills!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 17 at 10:34pm
I actually enjoy light wind conditions (and if you'd suggested that one day I might when I was a teenager I would have violently disagreed). I do seem to do ok in them though (and I'm pathetically unfit these days) which helps. I have not yet found out how well I do in a blow in the Blaze but maybe I'll change my mind when I do  Smile



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dan Vincent Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Feb 17 at 5:46pm
Optimum Kicker tension on the reach is likely to be different than for upwind.  Generally upwind you try to set the sail for minimum drag and a fine entry angle.  On the reach the priority changes to maximizing power, which can be achieved with a fuller sail, which depending on the specifics of how your mast is supported is often achieved (at least in part) by easing the kicker and reducing the bend in mast.  This has to be balanced against letting the sail twist excessively which will allow power to spill from the top.  This balance will change with wind strength and sailing angle, as well as lots of other variables probably.  Watch people that overtake you and try to copy them.
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