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Yup, keep the boat flat is the key even if it means spilling wind (the raked rudder on the Laser exaggerates the weather helm when fully down so if it's raked even further 'cos of a slipping rudder downhaul that'll be even worse). All the other stuff matters (kicker, cunningham, traveler etc) but keeping it flat matters even more so sheet out until you can keep it flat.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jumps Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 19 at 11:44pm
Thanks All, Some helpful advise here (as usual), book is now on my order list, will try some of your suggestion this evening, current forcast looking at 9mph + 17mph gusts (hope it gets slightly stronger)
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'Heavy' usually means rudder blade not fully down.

'Lots' usually means too much main.

Even a little bit of rudder rake can make a lot of difference.

If these are club boats with dodgy cleats on the rudder downhaul, ask around for tips and tricks to make it work.

Replace tatty lines with new 'meatier' ones,and consider replacing tired old jam cleats with small reliable horn cleats.

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The other thing you will notice is that heeling the boat to leeward makes it turn upwind: heel to windward and it will turn downwind.

If you're hiking and the wind drops, you're going to him drag in the water, and heel to windward so you'll need to counter the sudden change from weather helm to Lee helm....

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Here's my tip sheet on setting laser controls

http://clubsailor.co.uk/wp/sailing-faster/in-lasers/


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jumps Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jul 19 at 10:35pm
That is a really useful guide FAB100 - tempted to print it and glue on the Laser!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fab100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 19 at 10:40am
Oh, and get yourself some hikers with pads that protect the back of your thighs when sitting out. Best go-faster gadget there is.
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