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Re: Why is beam reach (or near to it) the fastest point of sail?
Such is often the OP's fate. That said, it's good to consider what lessons the OP can take from the discussion. After all, he's asking "why?", not, "What's the fastest point of sail?" If he's asking why, then maybe he's in a position to benefit from some understanding of the mechanics of sail trim.
Agreed. Good discussion.
I was really referring to the suggestion that the conventional way of describing what was going on would "make a physics teacher cringe". Not many physics teachers make good sailing instructors, especially entry level. Some exceptions, I'm sure.
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