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Why we pointed so high…

I’m still glowing from how high we pointed last night. ¬†Three reasons for that:

  1. Shorter forestay with much less forestay sag
  2. Re-cut #3 with much less depth
  3. Driving with more power from the main (after of the center of rotation) — an advantage of using a smaller headsail.

For point numbers one and two, check out the before and after shots of the headsail.

Here’s 2016 (after the first re-cut):

And here’s last night (shorter forestay and second re-cut of the sail):

Notice how much less the forestay sags, and how the entry angle of the sail is much finer.  And, it holds its shape all the way to the top of the forestay.

Bingo!

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