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post #15 of Old 07-28-2013
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Re: Frustration unable to beat against steady wind & current Narr Bay

Sail the same place. First year in r.I.so like you just learnng but find large variations in strength of current at different areas. Some places short tacking near the shore keeps you in less current. Other places seems staying in deep water near the shipping channel works best. Slowly figuring it out. Less of an issue for me given higher hull speed but still annoying. Might be fun to check out with what trim and sails you point highest at different wind speeds. And do that at slack or in open water. Also check that your leech line isn't too tight. So far for us in anything over 10kts.do better with smaller headsail(solent). Think your S2 may also get most of it's drive from the main.

s/v Hippocampus
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