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Re: Sailboat Keeps Getting Blown Downwind
I am not familiar with your particular boat, but it's probably like many other small boats.
My guess is there is an issue with keel / centerboard / whatever you call the foil under the boat that allows you to sail upwind. If you have a swing keel or centerboard, was it all the way down? If not, there is your problem.
In order for a boat to sail upwind you need to have the foils (keel/centerboard/daggerboard/etc and rudder) working. The wind will try to blow the boat downwind. When the boat is moving through the water the foils work like wings and prevent the boat from sliding sideways (leeway), instead the boat will sail upwind.
To tell which direction the wind is coming from and which direction you are moving requires some simple, basic gear. Best would be a windex at the top of the mast, and a compass mounted some on the boat. If you don't have those (and / or can't get them) then tie some yarn to the spreaders and get a small hand compass. The windex (or yarn) tells you the wind direction, the compass will show you the boat direction.
Good luck and have fun,
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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