Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Yesterday I promised this "heel to weather" stuff.

I don't know if it works all the time or if it is an important action. It feels good, looks good and makes sense.

So if you heel to weather 1) what happens to your helm is a little bit of lee helm. Now the rudder is pointing to windward.

2) The under water shape of the hull gets fatter on the windward side and straighter on the lee side. This is the opposite of your sail shape, fat to lee and straighter on windward. So now the hull wants to go to weather instead of straight ahead. Isn't that what we want?

3) Now the sail is pointing up as well as sideways, lifting the boat, making it lighter. Maybe like the Windsurfers and the foiling Moths all pointing the sails up.

The problem is you can't keep doing this as the wind comes up. You are dragging in the water if you do. Try it some when the wind is medium.

What did I promise for tomorrow?? Maybe "how to win the big championship" for the guys in Canada.

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