Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
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When you just sit and drift (without the anchor down or the sails up), at what attitude do you sit to the wind. Unless you sit with the wind directly on the nose, you will sail around at anchor. Most boats lay with the wind somewhere between just ahead of the beam to just aft of the beam. While you are anchored the boat will still want to find that position every time the anchor cable goes slack. Creating windage aft and reducing it forward will reduce the sailing.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217