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what is going on in this pic?

just looks weird to me...

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Re: what is going on in this pic?

Sails need to be let out,,,,Dale

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Re: what is going on in this pic?

This can offer greater speed in low wind conditions.
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Re: what is going on in this pic?

Not weird at all and is an advanced technique commonly used by SCOW and sportboat racers and others who race relatively flat bottomed or tunnel hulled centerboard boats.

Notice that the leech of the mainsail is 'well closed' by pulling LOTS of strain on the mainsheet. This causes the leech (especially on boats with large 'roach areas') to become quite rounded up towards the weather side and which causes the 'overall amount' of draft to radically increase, .... causes the boat to radically heel over and in doing so causes a vast reduction of hull wetted surface area. With less hull drag, the boat speed increases and the ability to point may increase by 10-15 degrees (because of the radical change in 'angle of attack' in the mainsail due to that 'closed up' leech shape) .... momentarily for many seconds.

In light winds on the big ILYA Scows etc., you can earlier begin to 'plane to windward'; on a keel boat you can commence to 'turbo sail' (constantly and slowly varying between a 'high' beat and a 'foot off') & which will ultimately leave your straight line sailing competitor well to leeward ... your keel better 'flys (lifts) to windward' when at the induced artificial 'higher' apparent wind (both angle and velocity).
Ditto too when racing and you near the end of a leg before a tack ... and forcibly pointing higher (power pinching) is inconsequential to VMG; but, you gain considerable 'boat lengths' on the 'next' leg because youre 'power pinching' up. I used to do this routinely on the last 5% of every beating leg ... even on a keelboat. Sailboat racing is a game of 'inches gained' and such will gobble up MANY inches when done correctly; but it takes a LOT of practice to get it right.

This 'technique' is derived from the aero theory of airflow 'recirculating around a sail(s)', and by doing so transiently causes the (vector component of) FORWARD FLOW of air on the windward side of a sail to cause MORE 'upwash' in front of the boat/jib .... something akin to roll-tacking but without any turning.

"Turbo sailing": Footing Off - SailboatOwners.com ... see POST #12

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Re: what is going on in this pic?

Well, he certainly isn't seeing much of where he's headed, that's for sure :-)

Might be intentionally oversheeted to induce a greater heeling angle, simply to show off more of the cockpit for the pic?

You're right, however, a number of things - particularly the jib - don't look right to my eye, either... I think some Photoshop work might have been done, certain aspects even have more of the look of a CAD rendering, to me...

That jib is especially bizarre... Why on earth would anyone attach the entire foot of a headsail to a jib boom like that, that has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen...

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I wouldn't over-analyse one shot of a boat sailing.

"On her ear", isn't that what it's called? I think that is a Watch Hill 15 built at Artisan Boatworks in Rockport Maine, and it looks like the builder, Alex, is at the helm sailing(see his work boots?).

I think one of their sales tools for this boat is how easy it is to sail. I've seen them sail, it's true. Artisans boats are even more beautiful in reality than photos.

Someone is taking gratuitous sailing shots that show the boat well heeled. You can see the deck colors, bottom paint, cockpit details, for their sales brochure.

Google Watch Hill 15 and you can find plenty of shots of it flat on the water.


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Re: what is going on in this pic?

Looks like a comfy perch, with a great view of the jib. Wish I was there.
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Re: what is going on in this pic?

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Looks like a comfy perch, with a great view of the jib. Wish I was there.
I think that's what they're hoping for.

The boat in the photo was sailed heavily last spring by several people, many of them builders.

Here's friend Dan. What's wrong with this picture?

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Re: what is going on in this pic?

Other than the lack of fenders to prevent that nice finish from chafing?


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Re: what is going on in this pic?

I'd still have my pfd on .
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