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Old 22-10-2014, 01:35   #16
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Re: Tell everyone to get on the bow

Yep, as said depends on hull shape,wind strength, etc etc
I raced a 505 in my teens in a mixed handicap fleet.
The centre of rotation around the keel is important as less helm = more speed.
The wiz kid in the fleet sailed a Contender ( trapeze single hander) he was normally so far a head that on the last leg, he would take off his rudder and sail using his body weight.. You know your good when you have a boat balanced that well !


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Old 22-10-2014, 06:16   #17
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Re: Tell everyone to get on the bow

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You must not be gifted with living in an area of predominantly light airs.

Grab mainsheet to bring with you. Forget about the hiking stick. Stand up, heel boat over as you walk past the mast so your weight stays centered. Face aft and hold the mast. Heel the boat one way to steer in the opposite direction. When you are tired of how slow you're going start air rowing, heeling the boat repeatedly back and forth to make apparent wind in the sail.

It's really fun when in a hard turn the rudder goes over far enough that the hiking stick falls in the cockpit and now the rudder is stuck hard over keeping you turning in circles until you get back to the back of the boat and free it.

I can't believe I can't find a video on line of this. I thought lots of people did this.
Aww C'mon!!!

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1. How to turtle your boat with that unseen fwd puff... looking aft... mocking your buddies 5 boatlengths behind...

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Yep, as said depends on hull shape,wind strength, etc etc
I raced a 505 in my teens in a mixed handicap fleet.
The centre of rotation around the keel is important as less helm = more speed.
The wiz kid in the fleet sailed a Contender ( trapeze single hander) he was normally so far a head that on the last leg, he would take off his rudder and sail using his body weight.. You know your good when you have a boat balanced that well !

Sent from my iPad.......i apologise for the auto corrects !!!
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Re: Tell Everyone to get on the Bow

So the obvious question is:
What happened when you moved the crew forward?
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