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jephotog
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Re: What is good speed to make...

There is something called polars for boats. I am not sure they are made for anything but race boats. But they are a graph that shows wind speed and sailing angle vs boat speed. This helps racers measure their performance with sail handling, rig tuning and boat handling vs theoretical boat speeds. You will need a boat knotmeter to make sense of it though as the GPS will only tell you speed over ground.

In order to test your true performance you can try a couple of things. Study your tide charts and do some trial runs at slack tides. You can't predict exact slack but around that time you know the currents should be minimalized around this period.

If you want to learn to maximize your boat speed, take out a racer one day. First stock your boat with beer and rum then bring some good food onboard, mention the boats condition and invite the racer out for a day sail. Sailboat racers are unable to turn down free food or a stocked bar. You will very likely learn some sailtrim and boating angles to get the most out of your sailboat.

Jordan
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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