Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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I am not marine architect. The 12 meter "formula" allows for different designs. If the mast height gets bigger something else has to be reduced to accommodate the change. But a wing keel has a limited depth and when heeled, the wing has the effect of a deeper keel. So the formula is cheated a bit. In a race that the difference is measured in 100ths of a knot, any "advantage" is positive.
I have to wonder how a wing keel compares to a fin keel when all other aspects of the boat are the same...
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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