Originally Posted by PCP
I hope you start reading more recent books, you need it. XXI century sailboats boats have little in common with XIX century boats
If that were true, perhaps you can provide a quote from a newer book refuting my statement. My newer books support my statement. However for those that want to understand the mechanics, it is much more clearly explained in the older books.
The other point I wish to pound into peoples minds is that everything we are discussing has been discussed for centries. Even moveable balllast (which current racers think is so cool except they uselessly place it on the keel) was used in every racing boat prior to 1850 when it was outlawed by racing rules.