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I use a tri-color. The aft sector lights up the windex nicely AND it's legal.
Yes, we have a light shines up on the windex. So there is no problem to know where the apparent wind comes from.
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Gentlemen, thanks for your input. I am looking for the finer point of sail trimming at all time, not looking for a magic bullet, but step by stem approaches to ensure the sails are properly trimmed to the optimal condition.

I have had the pleasure of sailing with a crew who is also a hardcore racer on the Bermuda trip recently. he went to the bow regularly, and studied the sails for minutes at a time and gave signal me the trim the sail. We added 0.2 here and here, very soon the boat sailed as fast as we can. Although I learned a lot from him, I am lack of experience and confidence to see it through. With the constantly changing wind, I learn too slow on my own. I hope I can pick up some pointer on and there. So next time I can practice on my own to reinforce my understanding.

He also suggested me to get a sail simulator to practice on the concept and approach. Anyone know a game or two.


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I do it by feel.
I think this is the only way and it will reduce the need to constantly fixate on telltales during the day! Not that I can walk the walk with the racers, but the boat is not too shabby in getting places.


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I think this is the only way and it will reduce the need to constantly fixate on telltales during the day! Not that I can walk the walk with the racers, but the boat is not too shabby in getting places.
I would like to acquire the skills but not to use it when I don't too.


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I switch the spreader lights on and then I can see the tell tales.


Which reminds me both spreader llight bulbs need replacing. Anyone in Grenada want to go up my mast!
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I have had the pleasure of sailing with a crew who is also a hardcore racer on the Bermuda trip recently. he went to the bow regularly, and studied the sails for minutes at a time and gave signal me the trim the sail. We added 0.2 here and here, very soon the boat sailed as fast as we can. Although I learned a lot from him, I am lack of experience and confidence to see it through. With the constantly changing wind, I learn too slow on my own. I hope I can pick up some pointer on and there. So next time I can practice on my own to reinforce my understanding.
Going to the bow is a great way to check sail trim. The curve on the genoa should follow the curve on the main and vice versa.

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Going to the bow is a good way to check sail trim and a great way to check backstay tension. Depending on the boat size it is also a great way to slow down the boat.

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I did Gov Cup also and noticed the racier boats often had a low powered white light illuminating the inside telltails on the genny. My assumption was they were led type lights somehow attached to the deck shining upward/forward. From my boat, they didn't seem like they'd have terrible effects on the helsman's night vision and they seemed more seaman like than running the anchor light which only helps with where the apparent wind is from which I agree is better determined by feel.

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Rock,

The going to bow method is the one I learned in the day. It isn't as slick as working the Polars with mast mounted instruments or LEDs illuminating the foresail telltales, but it works.


Plus while someone is up on the bow, they'll also be checking the rig and whatnot for safety issues.
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It isn't as slick as working the Polars with mast mounted instruments
Speaking of polars, I am reminded of another - use Expedition racing software.

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