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May 13, 2015 How to, Sailing, Uncategorized, York River

Heeling Therapy for Sailors

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DSCN5378Landlubbers, women and other reasonable people are put off at first by the heeling effect of a sailboat. The optimum tilt under sail in a good wind is 10-15 degrees off center. Anything beyond that is uncomfortable and surprisingly inefficient. Despite what you’ve seen on TV or in the movies, putting boat over to 30 or 35 degrees does nothing to increase speed. So it was a delight to have aboard the Stanford family of Virginia Beach, experienced sailors who kept the “rail in the water” all day long while cruising the York River off Yorktown. Patty Stanford grew up on her father’s 40-footer and grabbed the wheel of our 32-Hunter as if it were yesterday. She sailed the boat at a perfect 15 degrees for hours. It was a blast.

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