Hitchin' a ride
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In my mind, I live in Oslo
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The problem with performance in your current configuration is that if you let out the mainsail using the sheet, you put twist in the main, changing the shape and changing performance. The traveler allows you to let out the mainsail without twist by "dropping" the main on the traveler, or moving it to the leeward side. In the case of stronger winds, it is one of the steps you take to depower the main, keeping the sail flat. As said, you shouldn't need less than a 100%. Even here in the Bay, summer sailing in high winds usually requires an 80%. Situations more difficult would be ill-advised on a boat that was not meant for it. Have fun, and go for the traveler if you can swing it.
Great men always have too much sail up. - Christopher Buckley
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