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post #21 of 24 Old 02-16-2010
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There is a point of sail, where the wind is abeam and the leward sail is blanketed by the windward. The solution is to ease the windward sail untill it spills enough wind to fill the leward sail. It takes practice but there is really no point of sail that you can not benifit from the parallel rig, it just takes practice.
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Have you seen one of those hobie trifoils? they go like a bat out of hell. didnt look like either of the sails was having a problem as far as I could see. looked like fun
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The concept sort of worked for Pete Goss and Team Phillips back in 2000. Wickedly fast, but the hulls weren't up to the task, and the masts pivoted on a ball and socket arrangement which was a little problematic.

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In my old Hobie Cat days, when the wind was in the ?15 knot range, we'd reach with the sails trimmed tight, and then head downwind gradually with as little loss of boat speed as possible, and still not sheet out-the boat speed kept the apparent wind ahead of us. (And I've got to look up pedant-something to do with shoes? :-)
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