On most sailboats, heeling them to leeward and slightly bow-down in light air usually reduces the amount of wetted surface, which reduces the amount of drag. When the boat is oriented slightly bow-down, that raises the fat stern, which decreases wetted surface.
I'll buy that! Makes sense, but in the way of a followup question, I've always been schooled to stay aft to keep from burying the bow and creating more drag. Was I schooled wrong? As an aside, we're slightly bow-down (1") at the dock, without crew. So maybe I'm all set up!
On flat bottomed sleds, does the same hold true?