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. By Andrew kerr Sail Trim, Tactics & Boat Handling for Speed By Andrew Kerr
Tuning before the start – set up the critical settings and split tacks
Rig tension – light Air In light air watch the leeward shrouds – if they are taught then the rig is too tight, set it up for the lulls and lots of power
Watch the leeward shrouds – how loose are they ? How much forestay sag ? Try a spinnaker halyard to the forestay as a reference.
Key Elements upwind – Mainsail trim At the start- set up for power, note the 3 baton positions on mainsail across the range of conditions – Open, closed, open again. Light Air Upwind : – Set up the sail for twist - ventilate the leech – have a fast mark on the mainsheet. – Ease the Mainsail halyard to open the top of the sail
Medium Air Trim If smooth water Trim the mainsheet on so the top baton is parallel to the boom or 2 to 3 degrees to weather for pointing. Set up for the lulls not the puffs – set the rig up half a setting looser than the tuning guide.
Medium air trim If choppy set the boat up with more twist to help deal the changing apparent windle angle changes.
Medium air Trim If there is too much forestay sag the mainsail will luff early – backstay on or tighten the forestay and/ or shrouds. Play the backstay like a throttle for power – be sure to set it from the premise of max hiking on the rail
Max outhaul Max Backstay Tight Cunningham Rigid forestay Tight vang – “ Vang sheeting” Traveler down Very tight Jib halyard for draft forward shape Jib leads aft a small amount Ease headsail in gusts in tandem with mainsail to keep the slot consistent.
Heavy air Trim Play the traveller to keep the boat at a constant angle of heel If the traveller becomes exhausted as a vehicle of balance, or the gusts are coming in very quickly or you have a short traveller consider Vang Sheeting.
Heavy air Trim with the Jib If sailing with the small jib – be sure to not over sheet it and ease it slightly in the gusts to keep the slot consistent and the boat tracking Make sure the halyard is really tight so that you can ease the sheet and still maintain the leech profile
Key elements for a big fleet Get off the line in the front row with a gap to leeward - go for a low density area. Sail fast unhindered by other boats until you decide to tack and consolidate. Meet the fleet later in the leg when it has thinned out and the lanes are wider.
Sailing to an offset mark Sail the boat well between the marks Sight the offset mark – where is it, how far and what angle ? Can we set the spinnaker? Do we have to beat to it? ( left shift)
Downwind Trim Have the pole height or tack line set to a fast Mark Have the Vang set to a fast mark Assume the right angle as soon as possible – the trimmer should immediately be talking to the skipper about pressure on the sheet
Assume the correct angle immediately – the trimmer should be talking pressure on the sheet all the time
Downwind trim – Key elements Play the pole height in puffs and lulls – raise up in the puffs to get more projection, lower the pole to induce stability in the sail Playing the vang & watching the top baton carefully – 3 modes : Low mode – top baton open 3 to 5 degrees Average – parallel to the boom Rolling – enough o stop rolling
If overpowered on a reach- weight aft, go with a bigger curl on the luff, play the vang and leave the backstay on.
Spinnaker Pole height Watch where the luff breaks
Downwind weight placement Make sure the crew is distributed low and to the sides so the boat steers itself. Particularly in light air get as many crew out of the cockpit to reduce drag in the stern and reduce wetted surface In marginal conditions – big puffs and lulls – make sure the crew is moving for and aft so the stern doesn't sink in the lulls or the bow is buried in puffs.
Heavy air downwind Over sheet the spinnaker to prevent rolling Twing down on both sides to stop the spinnaker oscillating Lower the pole to spill the upper leech Make sure there is enough vang on to stop rolling Steer under the spinnaker center seam to keep the boat upright
Leeward mark rounding If rounding alone (Clear air) – sail VMG Critical to trim the sails properly for the rate of turn – particularly light air where the sails want to be trimmed for every point of sail. Be sure to trim the Genoa strictly to the telltales
Out of the rounding – jump in to your mode – VMG, Fast forward or high mode
Conclusion Two boat tuning raises both teams Be careful of not over trimming – stalled sails take twice as long to reattach flow as sails on the verge of luffing Really focus on the critical settings before the start so you are optimized off the starting line As much - if not more to be gained shifting gears in the lulls as well as the puffs. The more you keep your head out of the boat the better.