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Often times allowing the boat to luff up a bit will make it seem as if the bow is going down, as the reduced heel of the boat changes ones perspective. This reduced heel often causes a bit more drag since the wetted surface area of the boat will increase a bit. However, the main reason the boat slows is both the reduction in motive force and the increased drag produced by the sails as they luff and become inefficient.
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