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 Post subject: Beam reach sailing
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:04 pm 
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Generally, all of my sailing is recreational and mostly doing screaming beam and broad reaches. I am on a 21 SE and I keep my travelor 50%-100% out while doing these reaches. The only time I bring the travelor to the middle of the boat is when I need to dart upwind. I am making great speed, but have been wondering whether the travelor location is best or not for reaches.

Question, if you are sailing in the 90-120 degree range, what is the optimum travelor position?

It feels that the faster I am able to go the tighter I need my leech and thus my reasoning for letting the travelor out.....


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 Post subject: Re: Beam reach sailing
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:12 am 
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I don't base it on the "90-120 degree range".

You use tell-tails and wind indicator. Travel out only as much as you need to- to keep the lower tell tail (backside) flowing back. Apparent wind in Cats is a major factor as you go faster, the apparent wind moves ahead and requires less traveler out. In the Prindle 19 sometimes downwind (45deg) we have the traveler only a tad out!

Same thing with the sheet for the upper part of the sail/telltail.

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 Post subject: Re: Beam reach sailing
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:42 am 
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Also, I travel out to help keep the hull down. The boat will be it's fastest when the windward hull is just out of the water. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Beam reach sailing
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:52 am 
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On a beam reach, the apparant wind will be pretty far forward, so likely only travelled out 12 to 18 inches. On a broad reach, the apparant wind will swing way back unless your using a spinnaker, so likely that you'll be travelled out all or nearly all the way.

The best way to get in the ballpark is to watch the telltails. On a beam reach, you can use the windward hull as your guide, and travel in until it wants to fly most of the time. Then play the mainsheet or steer to compensate. On a broad reach, run with your wind vane at about 90 degrees apparant and then trim so your telltales fly.

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