Originally Posted by D.D.
Understood....I often want to tighten the sheeting angle to improve pointing ability, and am limited by the self tacking traveller. I thought about changing the jib traveller car itself and criss-crossing the jib traveller lines and lead aft to cockpit
. Also thought about adding stopping cars on the jib traveller to tighten the angle. This is the one area that prevents my from racing the boat on any type of competitive scale. I believe you are correct in using the genny leads...perhaps a sail cut for that purpose would be an option. However, you would need to change jibs before you race.
Yeah...trying to figure this out without changing the headsail.
This all stems from the fact that the boat as rigged doesn't sail to it's 85 handicap in lighter air (below 15 kts) and, as you noted, doesn't point high enough.
The owner has a larger Carbon Fiber genoa but to use it lowers the handicap even further to 62, and besides being a PITA to change, he only wants to use it when he
races the boat outside of club activities; not to mention the self tacking jib is a strong selling point in the club's charter
fleet so he wants to leave the boat rigged that way.
Using stopping cars on the traveller might work but wouldn't you have to run to the bow and change the position everytime you change your point of sail?
The simplest solution might be to rig an artificial corner for the jib with a short line connecting the upper and lower grommets and connect jib sheets to that with bowlines.
As I said, we're going to take it out and play around with it. Maybe we find a solution. Maybe we don't. Worse case it's an excuse to go sailing.