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Old 11-02-2014, 22:01   #16
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Re: Easing the backstay in light air?

Well with a racing crew you stack them on the rail

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Old 11-02-2014, 22:08   #17
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Re: Easing the backstay in light air?

YES, ease just about everything in light air. Reducing pre-bend in the mast allows the center of the luff come aft slightly and thus a deeper Chord in the main.

Easing the foot and Cunningham will also assist. Also, when sailing to windward, go for more speed and a little less height.

In almost calm conditions flat sails are better. But, as cruising sailors tend to motor in those conditions, this is more of a racing sailors technique.

As someone else mentioned, heeling the boat to leeward a few degrees will assist as will keeping weights forward and lifting the transom slightly.

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