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Old 28-06-2016, 10:09   #1
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Sailboat donuts

A bit embarassing, but a couple days ago, I really, really wanted to head directly to my destination, but unfortunately it was into the wind. I kept cheating away from my tack into the wind, I back winded my headsail but the mainsail stayed ok, this resulted in my boat basically doing a donut as the headsail pushed and the mainsail pulled into a circle.

Anyone else experience this phenomena?

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Old 28-06-2016, 13:35   #2
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Re: Sailboat donuts

Yesterday I experienced the phenomenon of my destination being direct into the wind... A 4 hour journey from Palma to cabrera turned into 8 hours. No donuts though.

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Old 28-06-2016, 15:14   #3
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Re: Sailboat donuts

All you need is a headsail and a mainsail that luff at slightly different headings, which isn't difficult to imagine, given one being based on the mast and having a boom, while the other is on your forestay and loose. They are very different shapes. I experienced it once on a Rhodes 40 in about 1962, but only for a few seconds before the genny pushed the bow down enough that we changed tacks without meaning to. I think the point is when close halted watch both, and when either starts to fail, drop off - you are pointing too high.
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Re: Sailboat donuts

Only done that while training my son to reef the main during a tack...did it several times infact. Local kids out on the seascout boat thought we were a hoot...gotta learn sometime. :-)
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Re: Sailboat donuts

Hmmm. Interesting.

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