Because they look better. Seriously.
Are you familiar with American Football? Grid Iron.
Grid our longitude, latitudes. Iron grid below our waterline.
In stadium we watch spectators dance a Mexican Wave. Same on ocean grid. Each spectator a drop of water
doesn't move, the energy of the dance does, that is a wave.
Big blockers on defence, same is the shoulders of our sails
. Spinnakers fill out quickly, square sails
improve this with their measure along yardstick.
That is defence against the surge of energy.
We were lucky, lucky is how you prepare. On very calm day of very little none shifty energy, old man had us launch the spinnaker
and for once we near dead run. Aim of practice; to flow the spinnaker
such that the mains leach could flow the main. To learn how to sail was with light winds.
That point of balance is how we saw the benefits of square rigs.
They didn't have propeller
engines. They had sail, they had energy. Storms never changed. The energy passes through. You have 3 choices. Hit the storm hard and use the storms energy to quickly move through the energy. Anchor
and hide. Or prolong exposure to energy by running with the storm.
Having asked another stupid question regarding leading point of sail, it made sense. On our spinnaker boats, the spinnaker pole has the leading sail edge out far Infront. That's the leading edge of sail, that's the fulcrum that needs to be focused.
Well, square riggers have a jib
, that must be the leading point of sail. Yes and no.
Because the squares are yardsticks up high and clear, they have a leading edge of sail. Before our era of stink engines, they were the safest because big broad blockers carrying big sticks could block the wind
and they're big thrusters made of sail cloth. Down lower, experienced seamen knew the word 'BRACE' bracing the impact of pure high point thrust.
also has a leading edge, cloth that looks like a modern mainsail
has a trailing point array; a leach. Pretty sure helm
took BRACE too and experienced seamen took jib,missen sail rudder
. To get out of fierce energy by reducing time within fierce energy.
Weirdly, sloops go down wind
better. Vessels broach because lots worry about the spinnaker yet need to trim mainsail
. Spinnakers often assist mainsail trim by providing a torqued load to leach.
to in this modern fantasy that is backwards because we were taught to think sloops go upwind whereas squares run. Squares reach everywhere but the point is a tiny missen leaching their thrust to provide a gorgeous..
We just backwards because when the wind grows, we needn't sail, just true fantasy with a stink engine
Blown away too. Someday I'll learn how to sail.
Stuck on a plentiful planet named Earth, a moor on race
disabled our Egyptian light sails, NASA reported an approaching galactic storm, do we have heavy tackle because we are going to need a strong BRACE.
Anyhow, that's why we sail light winds.. incase knowledge of skills are required soon after.