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post #5 of Old 04-21-2002
dimwit
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Centerboard Position

The higher you point into the wind, the more leeway you will experience, and more centerboard is needed to keep you tracking straight. The converse is also true: the farther your point is off the wind, the less board is necessary. You don''t mention whether your reach was a close, beam, or broad, but I''m guessing broad (wind was behind the beam), in which case you can often get by with less than half the board down in a small boat. Sounds as if you had it positioned correctly.
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