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downwind in a laser

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Topic: downwind in a laser
Posted By: RobbieP94
Subject: downwind in a laser
Date Posted: 04 May 11 at 9:02pm
as i have had tuition for many different coaches i have heard contradictory techniques for sailing downwind
the one i heard most recently was to let the kicker right off and sheet in a bit to create a twist in the top section of the sail
however i once got told off for not sheeting right out
i don't know which is best any advice and clarification would be really helpful

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Laser GXD 184358
I14 1395 (crew)
RS200 352 (crew)
Coribee Keelboat (helm)



Replies:
Posted By: rich96
Date Posted: 04 May 11 at 9:34pm
Best advice would be to but Paul Goodisons Laser book. Probably different set ups in different conditions..


Posted By: Hughph
Date Posted: 04 May 11 at 10:44pm
Originally posted by RobbieP94

as i have had tuition for many different coaches i have heard contradictory techniques for sailing downwind
the one i heard most recently was to let the kicker right off and sheet in a bit to create a twist in the top section of the sail
however i once got told off for not sheeting right out
i don't know which is best any advice and clarification would be really helpful

Both do work though you will find some will prefer one to the other as it will suit there sailing style better. 

Personally I prefer kicker right off and sheet in to create twist as it lets me sail a little more aggressively downwind...


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Posted By: RobbieP94
Date Posted: 05 May 11 at 7:53am
yeah thanks Huhph thats that the sailing style i use and thanks for clearing it up for me

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Laser GXD 184358
I14 1395 (crew)
RS200 352 (crew)
Coribee Keelboat (helm)



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