Originally Posted by paxfish
The trick is just to go faster!
Turn up wind
a bit, get your speed up with sail trimmed for a reach and then fall off downwind as your boat speed comes up.
Notice around the 20 second mark, the sails
are trimmed well off the shrouds, but the waves reveal we are heading nearly downwind....
That might be fine in those conditions in your video, BUT it can also lead to situations were you then feel that you should have reefed earlier. A number of sailors, even experienced ones, have made that mistake of delaying the reefing of sails.
Then the wind strength doubles and the pressures (forces) quadruple, and they find themselves in a bit of a pickle,...not wanting to steer up even a little bit for fear of the side forces on that tall mainsail
. Its surprising sometimes how quickly things can escalate.
I can recall
a time when I was cruising back up the Chesapeake Bay
from the Governor's Cup race
that took us down the bay. I'm on a 37' catamaran
with a crew of 3 old friends who were not experienced sailors at all (the racing
crew had driven back). We were have a delightful sail up the bay with reaching/running conditions, and even flying my new code reacher sail. The wind began increasing from the south, then suddenly I noticed a few monohulls that were a fair distance behind us drastically heeling over and rounding-up under their spins. There motion was so abrupt I was having trouble telling from what direction this big burst of air was coming from.
I can recall
wishing I had that full mainsail
of mine down, but there was no way I wanted to hand the tiller over to one of my inexperienced guest. And I began to think about my brand new code reacher sail,...damage or overpowering. I direct my guest to re-position its leads so it squared off with our forward direction and waited for the burst of wind. Yes, going dead down wind was the solution,...we had a sleigh ride. But I was still nervous about that full mainsail.
BTW, there are often some folks that state that headsails don't impart any lift
to a vessel, but rather there COE promote a down moment force to the bows. that is what the force diagrams tell us, but believe me I have experience LIFT
on more than this occasion.