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post #13 of Old 04-02-2004
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what''''s up with sail twist?

Well, even people like myself can learn something from the likes of Isler, Walker and Brun. I have generally followed the approach of setting the sail for optimum drive at an average position and carried minimal twist (but quite powered up) in a chop. It has generally been quite successful and came to the conclusion that it was faster in one-design keel boat racing where I could check it against competition and the sails, but given the sources, I guess I may need to experiement with carrying more twist in a chop.

The only other thing is that most of my current sailing and racing is in petty large boats (J-22''s, Cat 27''s, J-105''s, Farr 11.6 and a 40.7) and perhaps twist works better in smaller boats. I''ll just have to give it a try next time that I am in a chop and need to open up on a competitor. Thanks for the input.

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