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Re: Question re: sailing downwind leg
Ddw is generally your slowest point of sail. When sailing a course that is dead downwind always sail 20 degrees above ddw. Find a polar plot for the Ranger 26 and you'll see that your velocity made good is greater when you sail 20 degrees above ddw than if you had sailed ddw. Your greater extra speed more than compensates for distance that you will travel.
So how do decide which gybe to sail on? Upwind you sail on the lifted tack; downwind you sail on the headed gybe.
So how do you decide which gybe is headed? When you round the windward mark bear off until you're 20 degrees above ddw. At this point look at your bearing. If it is less than 20 degrees above the rhumb line, you are on the headed gybe. Stay on the headed gybe. If it is more than than 20 degrees above the rhumb line , you are on the lifted gybe. therefore, you should gybe through 40 degrees so that your heading is within 20 degrees of the rhumb line.
Last edited by Hudsonian; 05-19-2017 at 06:41 AM.
Reason: Correct mistake