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In waves the most important thing for height is how you steer over the waves. In addition to this alot of club sailor neglect the fact that height comes from flow over the foils thereby fail to realise that to sail high you need to sail fast.
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Pointing ... tight mainsail leach, a little outhaul off, flat jib entry, plumb upright, full board;

As has been said, if you crack off a little, you will reduce drag and sail faster, which may result in sailing higher.

Ref. Starting; look at some YouTube starting clips, the key is to pull the trigger at the right moment, and crack off to get speed in a space that you have created to leeward.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote A2Z Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 17 at 10:47pm
Originally posted by Oatsandbeans

So its all about drag- so do you need full sails or flat sails?
It's about the maximising the lift to drag ratio, rather than minimising drag per se, but generally flatter sails would help point higher,  Pointing high isn't necessarily the best option though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zippyRN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Dec 17 at 12:21am
Originally posted by A2Z

Clean hull, good slot gasket, foils well maintained and aligned as per design intent.  Boat upright and well trimmed, sails flat and slot small (jib sheeted about 9-10 degrees).  I don't think there is a magic bullet, just lots of increments gains to be had to reduce drag.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote zippyRN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Dec 17 at 12:23am
Originally posted by A2Z

Originally posted by Oatsandbeans

So its all about drag- so do you need full sails or flat sails?
It's about the maximising the lift to drag ratio, rather than minimising drag per se, but generally flatter sails would help point higher,  Pointing high isn't necessarily the best option though.


also limitations of  structure and /or class rules    may mean  that   a theoreticla optimum is either not achievable or has such as small 'groove' for a particular class that a less than optimum but #'wider groove' setup makes for  a better VMG
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Originally posted by A2Z

 Pointing high isn't necessarily the best option though.

Exactly so. Any boat can point higher by flattening off the sails, sheeting ultra close and pinching up, but the end result is the entire fleet footing across your bows and leaving you in their dirty air.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote davidyacht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Dec 17 at 8:12am
Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by A2Z

 Pointing high isn't necessarily the best option though.

Exactly so. Any boat can point higher by flattening off the sails, sheeting ultra close and pinching up, but the end result is the entire fleet footing across your bows and leaving you in their dirty air.
Though always quite fun to have a National 12 when starting in a Handicap Fleet ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote By The Lee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Dec 17 at 8:21am
There is definitely a place for having an effective high mode as it will really help you to manage your lane.
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I so miss being able to pump like a b**tard whilst stuffing the arse out of it off the line until there's room to foot off into. #nofunstartingindinghies
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Dec 17 at 9:06pm
why can't a boat like the Minisail point very well ?
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