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Running vs Close-Hauled
For me, the windspeed makes all the difference regarding my preference of running vs beating.
If the wind is under 5 kts I prefer to beat upwind. There isn't enough wind to run and even reaching is sort of slow. I can maximize the apparent wind by sailing upwind.
If the wind is around 10 kts I prefer a beam reach. There is enough wind to make the boat go fast, on a beam reach I don't much heel, and it's just fine to sail like that.
Once the wind gets above 15 kts true, it gets less fun sailing upwind and more fun sailing downwind. Upwind I will have the main reefed, and I will be going around 6 kts and the apparent wind will be around 20. The boat will be heeled over, which is fun for an hour or so, but then gets tiring. Downwind is a different story. I can sail at 120 to 150 degrees, keep boat sails full, easily reach hull speed, have no heel, and the apparent wind will be below 10, so everything seems nice and easy.
The next time you get 15 kt wind do this experiment:
Sail upwind, as close to the wind as you can. Do this for an hour. Try to do some simple things while you are sailing upwind, like make lunch, use the head, read a chart.
Then turn around and sail downwind, at around 130 degrees or so.
Try to do those same things.
Then tell us which one you prefer.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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Last edited by BarryL; 10-01-2013 at 10:51 PM.