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Re: pointing, pinching, VMG

How does your instrument system derive VMG? Is it VMG relative to true wind? Or to a waypoint? How sophisticated is your wind instrument?

IMO, you should be, first, picking your angles based on strategy and lay lines to the mark or destination, and then subsequently maximizing boat speed at that chosen angle.

In other words, “sail to target speeds”.
Figure out how to tell the difference between direction headers and velocity headers. How you drive and trim is different between the two.

Google “velocity header target speed” and “sailboat target speeds”

Judy B
San Francisco Bay and Delta
F24 Trimaran

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