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Postby Guest » Mon Jan 06, 2003 12:13 pm

All the tunning guides talk about "twist is fast". Does anyone know why this is so on the J80? The Melges and other sportboats talk about increased mainsheet as the wind builds to keep forestay tension and flatten main. How come the J80 isn't the same?

Postby Guest » Wed Jan 08, 2003 10:46 am

Dear Brent,
I am not a sailmaker, but I think you use backstay to keep the forestay tension and flatten the main. This allow you to twist the top of the sail and keep tension on the forestay.

In heavy air, I use the vang very hard and ease the main to twist the top off.

I not know much about the Melges 24 but I think It is different boat, and every boat need different tune.
The last think I want to say is flat is fast. Just enjoy the boat, go faster and faster and just feel the boat, rather then trying to understand why a boat behaves in a certain way.
I am sure a sailmaker will give you a better understand on "why"....

Kind regards

Bob von Felten
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