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post #5 of Old 06-20-2001
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Sail Trim question

Moving the leads aft tends to flatten the leading edge of the sail and helps keep the curve of the sail where you want it in higher winds. A flatter sail also creates less heel than a full one. (Think how you''d heel sailing upwind with a spinnaker pulling you over vs. a genoa with the same area.) Moving the lead forward creates more curve in the sail - not what you necessarily want in heavier winds - and tightens the leech, which you noticed can cup it, creating bad airflow. Adding battens would be cheaper than a re-cut. Taping a batten in place would let you see how one might work until it blew off. Sounds like you''re getting some good sailing in!
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