Originally Posted by simonpickard
Thanks for all the responses, been good reading for me.
So, what about when you're downwind? Had this the other day. No wind
, under motor
, and the main was up tightly in. (I didn't matter if I had the main out I still had the issue below).
Still had some nasty action going on where the sail backed (I guess gybed?). It did this for a while so and it didn't matter what angle I turned onto so I took it down.
I'm confused a bit now. If you are motoring downwind, let's say 4 knots and the sail fills from behind you and the boom gybes - methinks you should be sailing not motoring.
It would indicate the wind
from astern is greater than 4 knots - i.e. the wind is overtaking the boat?
Downwind a lot of new folks think they are doing poorly because there is little relative wind over the decks. It's hot and sticky and a newbie sometimes says to me, "No wind. Should we tun on the engine
I point to the knotmeter
and show them we are doing 4 knots and that's just OK by me. Reaching and beating is a lot cooler and "feels" faster.
I am with the poster that sheets
tight and traveller up - if you can overcenter your boom you can get the sail to flog less or even fills at the cost of some boat drag.
I am with Mark that light flapping of the mainsail
is not too harmful to the sail. I don't like it and try to avoid it because I hate the noise