Originally Posted by cwyckham
I've raced on five or six different race
boats, and all skippers put weight on the lee rail in light conditions, targeting about 15 degrees of heel. They all said this was because the boat
was designed to go upwind with some heel.
The waterline of most keelboats increases when they are heeled. What this means is that hull speed
increases correspondingly. Unfortunately, boats don't come anywhere near hull speed
in light air, so asking the crew to provide leeward weight, a common racing
practice, rarely pays off.
sailing, everything changes. Since hull
speed is generally not a factor in a dinghy race
, especially when planing hulls are involved, the ideal 99% of the time is to keep the boat as flat as possible when going to weather
In collegiate sailing (I'm faculty advisor of a university sailing team) we still call for leeward weight downwind in light air, but this is more a matter of flying the jib
higher in classes
that don't use spinnakers. The spinnaker
dinghies tend to want to keep the boat flat regardless of whether they're running, reaching or close hauled.
One can't speculate that a given trim or attitude is ideal for all monos. Displacement
keelboats present an entirely different trim situation than planing hulls. It's not just how many hulls you have that matters, but the hydrodynamic design of the hulls as well.