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Re: Shoal Keel: Excessive Leeway

Can you provide a couple of pictures of your deck layout? (it will go a long way in helping me kibitzing on this problem.) The sort answer is you will not intrinsically point better or as well as your fin keel competitors. You will need to out trim and out strategize them. You will want to “dial in” your boat to maximize the performance of what you have. Try upping the traveler higher than you would normally do to force the boat to point. Experiment with this as too much will kill boat speed. Also look at your rig tune. More mast rake will give you more weather helm and will make the boat want to stay on point. Work on sail trim. Most sailors (and a lot of club racers) don’t do a good job at this so you may gain an advantage here. Later we can work on tactics (are you racing using a handicap system?)

Most importantly, continue to race! Racing is not only fun in and by itself, but it will make you a better sailor too. You have already taken the first step of doing a true comparison of performance. Our next step is to start tweaking to improve it.

George B
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Alameda, Ca.
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