Join Date: Feb 2000
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Adding a traveler would allow you to adjust twist in the mainsail and adjust the angle of attack, so that you would be able to minimize the negative impact of the downdraft (backwind) from the mainsail on the mizzen while also controlling the impact of backwinding from the jib on the mainsail. In many ways the interaction of the mainsail and mizzen on a ketch means that a ketch needs a traveler a whole lot more than a sloop or catboat.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay