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Re: Where to te forced go sailing downwind?
This is the only time when I can get my boat to sail well above hull speed. It is hard on the boat and hard on the skipper, but a lot of fun. I have limited experience in these conditions, but have been trying to learn more from sailing in them. All of what I'm writing is from my experiences on my Pearson 28-2, a "racer/cruiser" that is more cruiser and not designed to plane.
You are only asking about wind pressure, but in these conditions you'll also typically be sailing downwind with following waves.
In my (again, limited) experience when I'm overpowered and going downwind in these waves the boat will want to broach as it crests a wave. There is less directional stability on the hull and it will want to turn sideways with respect to the wave.
If I reduce sail then the boat won't want to turn up so dramatically and it is a lot easier to keep it pointing downwind. Then it can start to surf and that's when things really get moving and fun. I've gotten my boat going about 10 knots (hull speed is more like 6.5) in 20 knots apparent and 3-4' following waves.
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