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Re: Why is beam reach (or near to it) the fastest point of sail?

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Originally Posted by reed1v View Post
Downwind with spinnaker can allow you to exceed wind speed
Yes, if you are using an asymmetric spinnaker on a broad run. If you are using a symmetric spinnaker running dead downwind then, no.

Of course, if the wind is not constant then whenever the wind drops you would still briefly be moving faster than the wind.
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