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Noob question re. overloaded sailing?

Hi all,

Thought someone might offer some help.
I am learning to sail in a Snark. I went out with my two kids and so exceeded the weight limit of 310lbs!

Although we were a bit crowded, it wasn't too bad, but I seemed to have problems moving into the wind!

We had a light wind (3-5mph) and were tacking across it, but were moving slowly across to our 'destination'. The problem though, was that we were being pushed back (in the direct direction of the wind) and ended up pushed to shore everytime!
Yes, this was my first time out!
Next time I will try on my own.
Can I expect to actually move forward with just me in the boat?
The cap. is 310lbs, I am 190lbs.
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did you have the daggerboard in??

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Yes

It was like "1 step forward, 10 steps back"!
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Having owned a snark, I'd bet money that you didn't have enough way on to make the tack. With only you in the boat, you should be able to pick up more speed. I sailed my snark overloaded more then a few times, but there was usually more then 3 to 5 Kts. When ever it was that light, she just couldn't get up to speed to tack worth a damn.

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Your speed would be inversely proportional to the weight, and the drag would increase. Slower speed more leeway and less close to the wind.
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..huh...and I thought overloaded sailing was having too many cold ones...
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I owned a Snark and weigh more than you...you need a stiff breeze to get her moving and going to windward is not the strong point of the boat...but they are lots of fun!
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I owned a Snark and weigh more than you...you need a stiff breeze to get her moving and going to windward is not the strong point of the boat...but they are lots of fun!
is that your snark in your avitar?
I bet with just you in the boat you will be able to make descent headway. then after you've mastered that, take your crew with you!

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uhm..depending where you were sailing the current could have been a factor..then again,if this was a lake outing.. in the immortal words of Emily Litella.."Nevermind"

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USP..yep...that is the new ketch rigged model...perfect for Lake Tahoe! (g)
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