Upwind Sailing in Light Air


Early on in the 2010 HPDO Willem and Maarten are trying to keep the boat going to weather in lighter air, before the breeze filled in.  PhotoBoat’s shot here shows pretty respectable air flow over both sails.

Telltales are not straight back as the wind is just too light.  Maarten is sitting to leeward which allows Willem to stay high and see what is going on.  But still there is a bit of induced heel that will help reduce drag a bit.

I’m wondering if the vang isn’t loose enough?

And perhaps Willem could be sitting a bit more forward to get the transom out of the water a bit more?


On port now, the team is entering a bit more air.  Maarten has moved to weather and apparently working out some of the positioning issues.

The boat seems to be moving well, but the telltales are showing a bit of pinching at this moment.  

Willem could be sitting a bit more forward to get the transom out of the water a bit more?

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