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Old 14-11-2013, 13:18   #16
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Re: Light Air Sailing?

Originally Posted by Jman View Post
Everyone is correct in mildly light air, fuller = better. Ultra light air fuller = stall. To continue the airplane with flaps analogy, once the airflow becomes too slow it plummets into the ground (plummets!!, not just can't maintain altitude, which in sailing terms would mean goes slower). If the flow can't stay connected to the sail then it becomes useless. An ultra light smallish flat jib (or staysail) in racing jargon - wind seeker, is often the only choice. Not racing, just put away the annoying flogging sail and wait, if engine not possible, or turn on the engine if patience runs out.
Correct. If the sail is too full in light air, flow can not stay attached. Sometimes, flatter is better in the zephyrs if you have to stay high.

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