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post #2 of Old 04-29-2003
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Sail trim question

I can''t tell you what others do, but I have had good success racing, and, as I bear off downwind, I continue to trim my sails so that they act as a foil (generating lift on both sides) for as long as the cut of the sails, the rigging of the boat, and the direction of the wind will allow. It seems logical to me that it is always better to have both sides of the sail generating drive than to have only one side of the sail generating drive. (Unless, of course, you are intentionally depowering the sails.)
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