Fastest way to sail downwind on flat water

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  1. Adam Sails

    Adam Sails Weekend Warrior

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    What is the fastest way to sail downwind on flat waterways, I don't know whether s turns are legal but I am guessing not, I usually make the biggest gains downwind but I just seem to have very slow downwind legs, any tips on how to be quicker?
     
  2. LaLi

    LaLi Active Member

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    There are no limitations concerning the direction you're sailing. (Unless you're about to hit other boats, or round marks on the wrong side, etc.)
     
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  3. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    In flat water, (no surfable waves) sail by the lee with your weight by the centerboard with some windward heel. Up in the lulls and down in the puffs. Make sure you're vang is not too loose, main all the way out to the 90 degree line, (not past 90 degrees!) outhaul to max out setting and Cunningham off. Board about 25% up and no more than 50% up.
     
  4. Adam Sails

    Adam Sails Weekend Warrior

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    Cheers for that, it'll help me
     
  5. Lasersailor166131

    Lasersailor166131 New Member

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    In gusty conditions make sure to take the puffs down and spend the most time possible in them
     
  6. bclark3862

    bclark3862 New Member

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    When in planing conditions, something you can do to save drag is slide back and pump the sail as a gust hits. Then, once the bow is out and the boat is stable and planing, slide a little bit further forward. This allows the boat to continue planing without dragging the transom as deeply in the water. You don't need a sky-high bow in the flat stuff.
     

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