Re: Beating to windward
Somewhere above there were comments about sheeting angle of the jib/genoa and inside or outside of the shrouds. On the Trailer Sailor forum I found this entry:
“Oh, I thought you were going to make a commnet about the location of Rod's jib car in the photo.
What is the magic number? 11 degrees my friends. 11 degrees off the center line when you draw an imaginary line from the tack to the clew of the head sail in medium air.
And, yes, you can rationalize 'that number is not correct for 'my' boat, in 'my' wind.' But I prefer to take the advice of Dennis Conners. . . .”
Bob K. Pursuit, 1/4/13
Does that 11 degree sheeting angle ring a bell with anyone? Is that the optimal sheeting angle of the jib when close hauled? Maybe that is why my 20+ degree sheeting angle on the genoa (outside of the shrouds) doesn’t get me to windward very fast. Is there also an optimal angle for the mainsail? Where can I get more information on this?
Thanks for all the great replies.