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May 22, 2014 How to, Sailing, Uncategorized

Sailboat leaning, Part 2

Tilt2Here’s a perfectly good sailboat tilting too far at 30 degrees because it’s embroiled in a race when 10-15 degrees would move it along just fine. The crew is sitting on the windward side to provide (slightly) more ballast against the (enormous) tilting force of the wind. All of this is designed to gain a few seconds advantage, which could lead to victory. When the boat rounds the mark for the next leg of the race, the crew must scoot across to the other side within ten seconds, amid copious hollering from the skipper. It’s all very exciting for those who like this sort of thing. Others prefer a more comfortable cruise without the drama.

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