Originally Posted by monte
Also a question regarding sailing on a beam or broad reach. I find leaving the traveller centred (it pretty much always is) and easing the mainsheet till the batten just touches the side stay gives ok sail for the top half of the sail and leech tell tails flow nicely, but the lower half is over sheeted a bit and the telltales fall away. There's quite a bit of twist this way and also the leech can move up and down quite a bit. Setting the traveller out wide and sheeting in the main would allow the bottom to work better, but the top worse when still touching the stay. How do others generally have the main and traveller set in those conditions, at around 20K TWS...
Hi Monte - beam or broard reach in 20K TWS? For us this would bring the AWA to beam or close reach and we'd have a reef in the main for helm
balance. We have dual mainsheets and no traveler, but the boom would be "traveled" out a bit but the sail would be no where close to a stay. We'd play with the twist to get all the tails where we want them. If you meant beam or broad reach from the perspective of AWA, then we'd be further "traveled" out, but still nothing on a stay. Our dual mainsheets serve as a combination sheet, traveler, and vang and we can put the boom anywhere we want and in lighter winds employ the topping lift
(the original topic of this thread
) to lock the boom in place where ever we want it to get the twist we want.
If you don't already have them, you might consider adding more tell tails about mid way back on the main in the spaces between the battens. This will help determining the optimum trim for the main. And don't forget to add more body off the wind
by easing the outhaul
. This is an often overlooked, but very powerful adjustment. JMHO