Too Close to the Wind

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Pompey, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Pompey
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    Pompey Junior Member

    Thanks for your help guys. Tried a few things since my last post. Club boom wouldn't work because of cabin but appreciate the principal. More sail up front (with a temporary genoa) improved things a bit. Then I tried raising the jib, just 12", to be clear of the cabin, using a strop... and bingo - she's right up into the wind where she should be. Although it wasn't obvious from the tell-tails, which are a fair way up the sail, I guess the turbulance and drag of the cabin were 'spoiling' the full power of the jib into the wind. Problem solved.
     
  2. Pompey
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    Pompey Junior Member

    Follow up for anyone interested!

    Seeing as so many of you contributed, I thought I would just post a follow up for anyone interested. This is the log from last Sunday when I sailed up Southampton Water. Goose-winging on the way up in a gentle south-easterly then tacking back into the wind against a small tide. As you can see, lifting the jib clear of the cabin has definitely made a difference. She's full of surprises and I'm starting to appreciate her again. Thanks for your contributions. Pompey
     

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  3. troy2000
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    Very nice to read a success story where one simple change solved a problem. So many times, it's a matter of incremental changes here, there and everywhere, that eventually add up to a noticeable improvement--or not....
     
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