WHAT TO DO IF. you want to improve speed

THE PERFECT GIFT!

Give or treat yourself to a subscription to the print + digital Journal of Sailing and for only 69 euros a year you get the magazine at home plus read it on your PC, smartphone and tablet. With a sea of advantages.

Screenshot 2016-01-15 at 12:18:37 p.m.
Forty years of the Sailing Newspaper is also forty years of our practice section. We have selected quizzes with the best practical tips that have come to us from you readers over the years. In this ninth and final installment, we look at what to do to improve boat speed in wide windward.

HOW TO IMPROVE BOAT SPEED

QUESTION:There are 10 knots of wind, flat seas, and you sail upwind wide (60° to true wind) with full mainsail and genoa. You are not at all satisfied with the speed of the boat. What do you do to improve performance?

RESPONSE:To optimize the performance of a boat sailing at 60° from the true wind, a boat that with full sails (i.e., that do not spin and give the appearance of carrying) might be too fucked up, I check the position of the genoa threads. If indeed the windward showing threads on the extrados of the sail are not horizontal, the sail is too cocked, then I slacken the sheet until they lay horizontally. In addition, if there is disparity in behavior between the pairs of windward markers in the vertical direction, the sheet point carriage should be acted upon, advancing it as much as it leaves the sail. Maximum lift is obtained when, in the vertical direction, all pairs of tell-tales (or show-tales) are arranged horizontally (both on the extrados and intrados).

Same goes for the mainsail, which may be stalled. We realize this immediately by looking at the tell-tales on the leech. If they “curl” all, or almost all except the lowest , the mainsail is stalled, i.e., too fucked up. You should then let the sheet down with the mainsheet in the middle (if the boat has one), until they are all horizontal. Then you can either bring the windward tack upwind until the higher windward show is visible most of the time, or, with similar but not quite the same effect, you cock the sheet back to the right spot.

The halyard and base should be medium capped and the vang pointed. The halyards need to be medium cocked, but it depends on the boat; on mine, Oceanis 323, I slack very little. The backstay left just enough. In addition, care must be taken with the weight distribution, which must always be appropriate for the strength of the wind; that is, the boat to be in its design water lines must not be too deep, but neither must it be too shallow. longitudinal trim is also important, although with flat seas the weight at the ends will be less influential because pitching will not make us brake with every wave. In any case, if performance is sought, the crew should be in the sickle cell and level with the shrouds, upwind or downwind as appropriate.”

IN THE LAST EPISODE: WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE BOAT

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Check out the latest issue

Are you already a subscriber?

Ultimi annunci
Our social

Sign up for our Newsletter

We give you a gift

Sailing, its stories, all boats, accessories. Sign up now for our free newsletter and receive the best news selected by the Sailing Newspaper editorial staff each week. Plus we give you one month of GdV digitally on PC, Tablet, Smartphone. Enter your email below, agree to the Privacy Policy and click the “sign me up” button. You will receive a code to activate your month of GdV for free!

Once you click on the button below check your mailbox

Privacy*


Highlights

You may also be interested in.

Now you have the incentive if you buy an electric motor

  Incentives are coming for the purchase of a marine electric motor. After years of vain waiting, bureaucratic delays and the feeling of being practically “invisible” in the eyes of the government in that much-ballyhooed race for “ecological transition,” a

Here are the right self-inflating jackets to sail safely

Self-inflating jackets are personal protective equipment that ensure the safety of the entire crew. Just as we wear helmets when we ride motorcycles, when we are sailing life jackets and can mean the difference between life and death. By wearing

VIDEO New Generation Parasailor. We tried the supersail

The cruising world is increasingly witnessing the demise of spinnakers. There is little that can be done, no one uses them (almost) anymore. And perhaps rightly so, because, outside the regatta, it is an “uncomfortable” sail. The solution is often

Register



Sign in