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Re: tacking angle
2. the 'slot distance' between the jib and main is (should be) more closed or reduced in light winds vs. higher strength winds ...
In light air (0-5kts) it's important to keep the slot open and flow moving over the sails. Strapped sails in light air are very very very slow.. higher winds (5-12/14), the slot closes and angles tighten. Main sheet on hard, traveller up or down for a good helm or changes in wind pressure. 14+ and you begin to change head sails, or sail shape (open the top of the main and jib and flattening the body (outhaul, backstay, moving jib leads back a bit) depending on sea state, etc..., 20'ish + and most non race boats will start reefing the main, yadda yadda yadda....
Last edited by puddinlegs; 05-19-2012 at 05:42 PM.