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Re: pointing, pinching, VMG
There have many times when I am sailing back to my then mooring out in Shelter Island when the wind was very light and I decided to motor sail because I didn't want to tack. I would roll in the head sail and try to keep the main up without "losing its sailing shape" . I was motor sailing too hard on the wind I got no help from the main and worse it was more drag. I found that the main could add a bit of speed as long as it was drawing. Now way could I sail that close to the wind with two sails or even one.
Don't forget to consider the impact of current on your VMG and CMG.
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