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post #14 of Old 08-03-2001
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not to try to simplify things - because sail trim really does take a lot of study and practice to get it right... but you typically tack while beating to windward... therefore your mainsheet should be left alone since your new attack angle will be 90 degrees or less (depending on boat design) from your original course. Your traveller position will depend primarily on wind strength... I don''t center the traveller before tacking - especially in light air... by doing so, you lose boat speed by reducing your angle of attack before the tack. I simply reposition the traveller after I complete the tack.
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