Originally Posted by knuterikt
Don't know where you sail but having both SOG (Ground Speed) and STW (speed through water) can give me important information on the direction of the current.
When I sail with the current I will try to use it to my advantage.
When the current is against i seek into water with less depth as I know the effect is less there. Short tacking in water with less depth is better if the current is against..
Ah. That's something I hadn't considered. I sail primarily in the Finger Lakes (Canandaigua specifically) in NY. We race a few class boats but at this point aren't necessarily planning on racing this boat, though if we do it'd be in an open class.