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Re: Vang on a dinghy

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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
gotta love youtube! this should help, enjoy
Actually, I'm not loving Google because I'm not finding the answers I'm looking for

Using Google:
  • I understand that the vang keeps the boom from raising.
  • I understand that tensioning it will flatten the sail.
  • I understand that used in conjunction with the traveler is maintains the boom position, and therefore the sail twist, as the mail sail's angle is changed.

However:
  • I'm not clear on when, and by how much, the vang should be tightened or loosened.
  • I don't understand how the vang's used differently when going up/down wind
  • It seems to me, perhaps wrongly, that it's more important to make more frequent adjustments on small dingies than on keelboats. I'm I right? If so, why?

I've managed to find the Volvo videos that kicked off my curiousity. In this one he's adjusting the vang ("kicker") on the reach:


And here he's releasing the cunningham and the vang as he rounds the marks:


I'd really like to understand what's going on.

Regards,

Tim
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