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To answer the original question, first of all, it is very hard to tell from a video like this whether the sails are trimmed correctly, expecially since there are only two quick shots that show how the sails are trim. It is also aways easier to be a Monday morning quarterback, and always harder to actually be the one actually doing the sailing, so I mean the sailors in the video no disrespect.
That said, I would have had my sails trimmed quite a bit differently, and if trimmed differently, the heel angle should be way less. Starting with the mainsail, if you look at the lower batten of the sail, you can see that the sail is very rounded. In those conditions it should be very flat. To improve the shape of the sail, the foot of the sail should have been hauled aft much tighter than it is in the video. Similarly, the halyard should have been much tighter as well. Lastly, the traveler should be dropped top leeward and the leech made tighter than it is the picture. If this were a fractional rig the back stay should be very tight so as to induce mast bend, which would further flatten the sail while opening the upper leech while still keeping the upper sail bladed. Collectively this would have flattened the heel angle quite a bit and help balance the helm.
The jib appears to be partially furled and judging by the diagonal folds, the leech is creeping toward the tack and the foot is creeping towards the head. That combination appears to have powered up the jib which would increase heel angle relative to drive as well. Plus the windage of the furled sail, and its wet weight aloft adds to the amount of heel and motion,
Here the skipper of this particular boat has few choices. In an ideal world he would have stripped the headsail before the storm and put up a blade. Once the storm hit a sail change on a bowsprit is suicidal and so he stuck with the mess that he is dealing with.
In terms of heel angle, this is appears to be an older narrow beam boat, and for the most part they can sailed at higher heel angles than is ideal for a modern design. The high heel angle may be tiring and may cause more leeway, but it doesn't necessarily equate to bad seamanship.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
Last edited by Jeff_H; 06-15-2010 at 02:24 PM.