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Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Today, I smoked by Beneteau 46 thanks to good trimming

Here is a series of three videos showing my Pearson 28 catching up to, passing and turning around a Beneteau 46 on the Rappahannock River.

Why can’t these picnic sailors trim their sails?

They especially seem to have a problem with a broad reach. The sails should be eased to nearly perpendicular to the boat on a broad reach, relying on the sail’s life for power, not the wind “pushing on” the sail. Aren't they teaching this in the ASA courses?

Every season, every time I go out, I pass much newer, more expensive boats, that should be much faster than my boat. I bought my boat off Craigslist and I buy sails from eBay, usually for $100 to $200. It just goes to show you, how much you spend has little to do with performance or potential sailing enjoyment.

The winds were fluky, out of the S.E. to S.W., at around 10 knots. I was trimming from close-hauled to reaching, mostly a broad reach during the video scene.
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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Nicely done. Looked like very light air.
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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

If I'm just sailing to be sailing (as opposed to reaching a destination) I often don't worry about "maximizing" my efficiency. Sometimes it's just enough to be moving and the sails not flapping. Other times, I may be trying to get the most out of my trim. Basically, it's just a matter of enjoying myself.
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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Different strokes, James.
I'm of the same mind as you, but I've accepted that others aren't.
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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

I managed to beat boat for boat racing a C&C 41 a month or so. eat a Ben 43 a bunch too. both handicap and B4B.

It can be done if the other boat is not as trim moded as you are, both from a sail and crew wt stand point.

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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Good for you.

You sailed better and didn't over trim. And you had a "real" mainsail and not one of those awful hollow- leeched battenless mains that results when you have the "convenience" of in- mast furling we see on the Bene, and over trimmed to boot. Save me from those goofy mainsails.
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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Nicely done. Of course, he does have a B46 that he can have those picnics in. So, in the long run, he wins.
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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

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Good for you.

You sailed better and didn't over trim. And you had a "real" mainsail and not one of those awful hollow- leeched battenless mains that results when you have the "convenience" of in- mast furling we see on the Bene, and over trimmed to boot. Save me from those goofy mainsails.
It appears to me he might be dragging one of the stern tubes of his inflatable from time to time, as well...

That's a pretty slick davit/bridle arrangement he's got there, for sure...

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Re: Pearons 28 passes Beneteau 46

Are you certain he wasn't aground?

Around here he probably wouldn't have even had the main up. I don't know why they don't just buy powerboats - they'd probably be a lot happier.
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