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Re: Wacky Wind
The OP describes what we consider nice sailing conditions on north Texas lakes :-)
I didn't catch the size of his boat. Our Bene31 is not hard to control under those conditions, but it behaves much as you describe under full sail when when the winds get maybe 5 kts higher.
A lot of this depends on your boat, and sail conditions. I have two strategies for these conditions. If I'm trying to sail fast, we just try to read the wind for the gusts, and drop the traveler when they happen to try to avoid rounding up. I may go ahead and flatten the main as much as I can, and move the jib fairleads back. Maybe add some twist to the main. Crew on the windward rail helps a lot more than I thought it would in a boat this size. I don't have an adjustable back stay; if you do you might see if putting on some backstay helps.
OTOH, if I'm just cruising around and don't want to make my main trimmer work so hard, I will may go ahead and reef at least the main. It will be slower in the lulls, but more controllable in the gusts.
s/v Dancing Days
Lewisville Lake, TX
Last edited by bacampbe; 09-22-2013 at 05:02 PM.