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Re: Open 40 surfing

They'd be going faster if they shook out that reef.
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They'd be going faster if they shook out that reef.
They may already be going fast enough.

I wish they showed the instruments instead of the boat or at least the instruments in between the video of the boat. Seeing the wind speed, wind angle and boat speed would tell us more than the commentary combined with the video of the boat with no discernable heading changes.

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They'd be going faster if they shook out that reef.
If they shook out the reef they'd have more weather helm, which could slow the boat down and make it less controllable.
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Re: Open 40 surfing

There don't seem to be many whitecaps in the video, so it appears they're broad reaching (trying to catch the waves means they're not on a tight reach) in Force 4 or 5 conditions. Force 5 would probably have more whitecaps, so a windspeed of less than 20 knots is indicated by what we can see. (An instrument shot would have been helpful.) In a teaching situation such as this, reefing would help provide better control for the helmsman who is learning what to do and makes sense for them. If they wanted to go faster, a 40' boat should be able to handle 20 knots of breeze on a broad reach with a full main up.
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In a teaching situation such as this, reefing would help provide better control for the helmsman who is learning what to do and makes sense for them. If they wanted to go faster, a 40' boat should be able to handle 20 knots of breeze on a broad reach with a full main up.
It's likely the main was reefed when close hauled and it's not worth shaking out for the broad reach leg, if there is another upwind leg coming.

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Re: Open 40 surfing

Must be the difference between racing and cruising.
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