This past week I felt real sluggish in around 8-12 knts, and still slugish but not quite as much in 12+. My settings were...
Mast rake: line came between center and back of porthole
Spreader rake: just shy of 1 3/4 or about 42 mm
Diamond wire tension: Increased it halfway through the week from about 650 to 800lbs, or 36 up to 40 on the pro gage.
Pre bend: started around 25mm, but we played with the diamond tension a little.
So I was set up for pretty medium conditions, maybe a little on the "power up" side, but heres the thing..
1. I felt like the main was way too flat; hardly any twist up top even after letting the rotator out all the way. Sheeting out didn't really help either.
2. In 15+ I felt we weren't as fast as we should have been; having to bear off too much to accelerate and couldn't point with other Tigers. In 8-12 these problems seemed to intensify. The downhaul seemed to not have much play to it, the difference between letting it all the way loose and having it pulled in tight felt like a much smaller margin than usual. Overall it felt like we were lacking power and having to bear off too much for speed which was probably what killed our pointing.
So now I'm trying figure out what to do next.. We were told we should have the mast raked much further back, to the top screws on the rudder plate. (We did end up raking it back further to the back of the hull but didnt get a chance to test it out) What I'm confused about is that the only adjustments we can really make are more mast rake, more spreader rake, diamond tension etc.. all of which are meant to depower, but this seems counterintuitive since I felt sluggish and lacked both power and speed. Yet it would be ridiculous to loosen up on things and rake forward for heavy air, since I was already set for medium conditions. This is some whack sh*t. I'm gonna try raking it back a bit more and increase spreader rake to 50mm and see what happens, but yea this just seems like it should feed the problem more than help. What am I missing here..