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Old 06-28-2010
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The 323 doesnt have as 'fine' a bow entry (bow shape) as most 'cruiser/racer' or 'performance cruiser' designs and so will slightly limit your ability to 'point'.

For 'best' pointing ability go to: ArvelGentry.com ----> Magazine articles -----> the a series of 4 articles: Checking Trim on the Wind,
Achieving Proper Balance, Sailing to Windward, Are You at Optimum Trim?

Plus, to point well you MUST have the proper backstay / FORESTAY tension (varies according to the actual wind conditions) so that the SAG of the forestay exactly matches the luff curve that the sailmaker cut into the sail.

Plus, if you are using 'cruising cut' sails, the luff section shape will have too much 'roundness' cut into the sail - get racing sails that have 'flat' luff entry - but require very precise boat steering.

...and then there 'tricks' to enhance the pointing ability such as 'power pinching' at near the end of the legs so that you pinch up at end of the leg and therby have much less distance of the 'next' leg to sail. Done by overtensioning the mainsheet so that the leech of the main 'hooks up to weather' ... acting like the flaps on an airplane.

.... set up your boat with proper mast rake and proper mainsheet halyard/cunningham tension so that you have only a ***VERY SLIGHT*** weather helm.

Get a handheld GPS and sail each pointing leg, etc. to MAXIMUM VMG - velocity made good.
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