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Re: How Far Do You Heel...?
As a broad general rule, as the wind increases the headstay sags more, and this is especially true on a fractional rig where the increased headstay forces induce more mast bend. When you tighten the backstay, this increases the tension on the forestay and that reduces this sag. When you reduce sag, almost by definition, the stay itself moves forward and to windward. And this increases the distance between the leech of the sail and the stay. As that distance increases, the jib is flattened and therefore depowered.
This explains the small triangle the Oday used to use on their rigs on the backstay. With the Mainsheet hooked to it, the more tension on the sheet, the tighter it pulled the stay
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