We picked up our Lagoon 400
in May this year and its been mostly downwind sailing from Les Sables to the Canaries
so I haven't had a chance to test her upwind performance until yesterday when we sailed North along the coast of Lanzarote for a 25M sail to Graciosa. The trip was expected to take around 5 hrs with 15-20K NE forecast
and 1.5-2m swell. I was expecting to make similar tacks to our last cat, a lagoon 380
, but was disapointed with the actual results.
On our 380 we would set the autopilot
in wind vane
mode, around 35 degress, and make actual COG of 45 degrees at good speed (approx 7K in 20K breeze), so I was happy with 90 degree tacks.
Yesterday we couldnt do much better than 120 degree tacks and speed ranged from 5-6K in the 15-20K true wind
, so basically slower and at least 15 degrees lower pointing.
That said I think there may have been 1K of current
against us which would equate to about 10 degree lower tacks. The log consistantly read up to a knot
more than the GPS
so perhaps speed through water
As the wind
freshened to 20-25K at the top of the island, angles and speed improved and we adjusted the course down to 35 degrees and were making 6-7K and closer to 50 degrees over the ground. Once off the wind speeds were over 8K across the top of the island.
I had hoped for a much better outcome, but at this stage Im not counting out the possible current
which would explain the very low angles.
AT the end of the day, it was a great days sailing, albeit twice as long as planned and we arrived at the anchorage on dusk. Once the frustration of pointing lower than expected past we enjoyed the day and were very comfortable.
I usually modify the route
as we sail to keep an updated course which allows me to plan tacks and see the ETA updated as we sail. The wind stayed pretty constant from NNE and we didn't tack for windshifts anywhere along the way.
At most points of sail I find the L400 slightly slower than the L380 until the wind is around 18K, then the L400 slightly faster. We are loaded pretty similarly to as we were on the 380.
Anyway, draw your own conclusions, I just wanted to share the good with the bad, and if anyone has any local knowledge on currents in this area, Id be interested to hear (Nick?)