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Old 12-08-2002
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Windvane Steering Necessary for Long Ocean Passages?

jklewissf -

I think it''s very interesting that the techniques work with the wind forward of the beam -

Henderson describes a twin headsail technique for downwind sailing.

Basically the boat flys two identical headsails - each poled out witht he poles 10 to 20 degrees forward of the beam. That way, wind fills the sails appropriately and the boat remains balanced (I suppose in theory as I''ve never tried it). Depending on specifics, sheets may be run back to the helm or the help can remain free if the boat is actually very well balanced.

Seems like an interesting method for trade winds type sailing.
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