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From watching Island Packets underway, they give away a lot to windward as compared to more moderate cruising designs such as a Valiant or Pacific Seacraft (With leeway they appear to be making probably 10 degrees less COG) plus they give away huge amounts of speed to the more moderate cruising designs. They appear to be at their worst at either end of the spectrum, not being able to point in worth a darn in wind much below 8- 10 knots true, and making huge amounts of leeway and not being able to punch into a chop in winds much over 20 or so knots.
Of course compared to a similar length modern design, they roughly have half the VMG upwind. Where I really see this most clearly is in situations where you are beating in something like a river, and where each tack might be something like a half to a mile long. By actual observation on a number of occasions, even in moderate winds (around 12 knots true) an Island Packet will make roughly twice the number of tacks and move at roughly 2/3 the speed through water as compared to a more modern design.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
Last edited by Jeff_H; 02-01-2010 at 01:44 PM.