Well, thank you to all the contributors.
Although I own the cat, I regularly crew on a racing
40' mono where we spend every second trimming and adjusting sheets
, traveler, cunningham, halyards, vang, back stays, and of course, the outhaul
, trying to eke out an extra 0.5kt. All good fun and the purpose of racing
- doing the best you can with what you've got....
So, I will take the wrap on the knuckles offered by some of you in my stride and give it a go, using the third reef hardware
(until I need it for reefing purposes - my next 45kt encounter).
In terms of upwind performance, I tend to stall the headsail before the the main so doubt I will get a better wind
angle but maybe achieve less leeway with the outhaul
on tight. When well off the wind
, sail shape is largely limited by the aft swept shrouds coming into contact with the battens so will have to see what effect the deeper draught will have with the outhaul eased.
Lots to play with during next month's 200nm northward trip.