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Re: A question about sail shape and non dacron sails
The sail adjustments are NOT to compensate for stretchy or worn out sails. The sail adjustments are to make sure the sail is working as efficiently as possible for the wind and point of sail at that exact moment. If the wind changes by 5 kts, adjustments should be made to halyard, outhaul, travelor, etc.
If you are racing this is extremely important. If you are not constantly adjusting the sails you will not win. Besides, most boats racing have a full crew and the guys need something to do besides sitting on the rail. So making small change to backstay, jib cars, outhaul, can be fun.
If you are cruising this is probably not so important - does it matter if you arrive at your destination one minute faster? However, knowing how to trim and adjust sails for windy conditions will make the boat more comfortable and safer for everyone aboard.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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