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 Post subject: Downwind tacking angles
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:08 am 
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After watching the AC coverage and watching the AC72s nearly close-hauled downwind, I started wondering about downwind speed on our 16s. Granted we aren't hitting 45 knots and producing 20+knots of apparent wind, but still. I searched and found some references for other boats but not a 16.

What are some rough guides for good downwind tacking/gybing angles on a 16? I realize that I could generate this info myself with some instrumentation but I don't have any.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:06 am 
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Most H16 guys try to keep the apparent wind at 90 degrees...

Meaning your Bridle fly, wind indicator is perpendicular to the boat...



In most conditions this also causes the tacking angle through the gybe to be roughly about 90 degrees...



But all of this depends on crew weight, wind and wave conditions... ect...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:41 am 
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If your running at 90• to the wind how far out should your traveler be at. Been playing with it some but have not had good wind in a while.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:04 am 
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At 90 degrees apparent wind, both main and jib travelers should be all the way out.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:11 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
At 90 degrees apparent wind, both main and jib travelers should be all the way out.




Are there any conditions in which you bring in the traveler a bit...and let out a bit more main sheet to get just a bit more twist?




I know in the really light stuff this is my method... as when it gets really light I go deeper and.... ect... and it seems to work.. even against the faster guys/gals.. :wink:


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