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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 08 at 9:33pm
The trick in light airs, which I've also found true on dinghies, is to heel the
boat to leeward just enough to ensure gravity assists the sails natural curve,
this also, depending on the particular boat hull and rocker, may naturally
point the boat to weather, but this should be avoided, it is often better
particularly in drifters, to keep moving by sailing a tad freerer to ensure a
ready supply of created wind to make up for the lack of true wind in the
lulls.

Rigging the sail with not too full a draft, certainly not to tight or hooked a
leech and as fine an entry as possible will all contribute positively as will
keeping a weather eye open on the water as to where the damn wind is
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Sailing heeled only works in very light winds.  After about 3 knots it starts making you drift sideways, so when you get the power in the sails to keep them filling when flat, keep her upright, bow down, don't hook the leech, open the slot and get your crews head out of the boat to find those gusts.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote redback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 08 at 11:15pm
And at 3 knots its enough wind to power up the rig with full sails.  Incidentally if its less than 5 knots you should be in the bar.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Lukepiewalker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 08 at 5:06am
Clearly not a small pond sailor then. Most of my sailing career has been in less than 5 knots.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RyanV49er Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 08 at 9:52am
That's how I started out, on inland lakes.  But you can't really learn anything if the breeze is always light so I've had to get to southampton (from oxford) every weekend for the last 6 years..  I'd hate to think how many miles I've racked up doing that every weekend.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote FreshScum Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 08 at 9:59am
A mode changes should occur when the wind flow switches from being laminar to turbulent. This happens at around 4knots depending on other factors such as humidity, air density, pressure etc. The sail shapes required for these two separate conditions are very different.
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Oh you can learn lots, mostly about concentration...
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Originally posted by Lukepiewalker

Oh you can learn lots, mostly about concentration...


I dont have enough concentration for light wind sailing, but at the moment if I dont go out the liklyhood of a sail is nil
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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 08 at 8:11pm
Had another drifter today then having drifted out to the line, they very
sensibly abandoned.

As to the sailing heeled point, which also worked well for us on the RS500, it
heels your plate which gives a semi-foiling effect, we used to use it well on
round boards, 'back in the day'. Flat isn't always fast, despite what you
might read in the sailing books, it also, again depending on the particular
hull shape reduces wetted area.

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