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Originally posted by Chris 249



Gee, you must be talking about very deep fully-battened sails. Moth,
skiff, windsurfer and cat sails are fully battened and incredibly flat.
As you say the Tasar main is a bit different because it has stretchy
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A lot of the UK SMOD rigs look very full to me and also rather low aspect ratio. My Cherub rigs - especially the current one which is Fyfe/C-tech - are much taller, higher AR and flatter than the norm in the SMODs. I crew RS400s a fair bit and Laser 4000s very occasionally and I'd never be able to say I really have a feel for how the rig should be working. That's not to say that they are "wrong" per se, but they are certainly marching to a different drummer.
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The Laser 4000 sails can be made quite flat which is a good thing because in a blow you are going upwind at quite a rate and that means the apparent wind is well forward which requires flat sails.  Flogging sails are a means of reducing power but they also produce quite a bit of drag.  The nice thing about the 4000 rig is that the main can be made so flat that it can be kept sheeted in without being overpowered giving really fast upwind performance.  It quite something to experience.
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