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  • #1921

    Andrew Evans
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    When beating into the wind, is there an optimal position on the rail for the crew to sit relative to the stanchions? For example is it always best to have the most weight at the widest point of the boat or should it be more forward or more aft? Or does it change based on the wind/wave conditions?

    #3073

    Old School
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    We move around a lot depending on conditions. Starting position has foredeck in front of second stanchion, rest huddled closely behind. If it feels like the now is digging the chop too much, we slide back one or two (rarely) positions.

    It really pays to get the transom out in the light.

    #3074
    Bruce Hubble
    Bruce Hubble
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    Lighter winds, but heeled…one in front of shrouds; rest behind that.
    Medium: all at shrounds and aft
    heavy: Move one just behind driver, driver moves fwd a bit, rest stay at shrouds (the lightest one aft) HIKE!

    #3075

    Old School
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    I would never have someone behind me. Maybe just in front, but not behind. It is more difficult to lash them when they are behind.

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