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Originally posted by 423zero

Sprint,
Beating, fully tight.
Reaching, adjust to suit conditions
Running, fully tight.
Centre board, short legs, leave it fully down.


With such a long boom, things are a little more complex than that to get the most out of a Minisail or Sprint. Outhaul is totally wind strength dependent. In a blow upwind, it will be tight enough to be right on the boom. As the wind drops, shape needs to be created, as the wind isn't doing it for you. I set reaching very much by feel, cracking off a little to create as much fullness as I happen to want at the time. Running, I really don't want a totally flat sail, I just don't want to lose masses of area. Probably set a little like a lightish wind beat, in, but no creases.

Centreboard, adjust unless the time spent adjusting isn't worth the concentration lapse, which would be roughly what you said, 4320.
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Rupert,
I have found Sail pretty much works with settings used by Laser sailors, especially round our small lake, haven't tried it on long reaches etc, you would get more of a feel of what is happening.
Beating and running, I set it tight enough so you can get your fist between sail and boom.
The problem is it's an untested design, theirs no data from when it was first used, controls on my boat also substantially more powerful than original, larger stiffer boom, centre main instead of off the boom or aft main, wings instead of sliding seat.

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What we need to do is get together again and test your theories!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Oct 17 at 8:21pm
You would have a better idea than me, needs a couple of knowledgeable sailors to test it, over a couple of days, new wings make it so easy to sail even in strong winds, you can reach past a Laser sitting up, Laser helm is out on his toes.
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