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post #20 of Old 05-19-2012
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Re: tacking angle

Originally Posted by RichH View Post
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....

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