Which first? Twist or travel down?

 

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  • #4989

    fitzee
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    I’m curious how other O30 sailors de-power the main. Lets say flat water with main trimmed to the center line with the top batten parallel to the boom. Wind starts to build to the point that the main needs to be de-powered. Aside from cunningham, outhaul, backstay etc. what do you do first? Do you twist off the top of the sail with sheet and then travel down as the wind builds? Or do you leave twist as-is and start to travel down and then twist off the top? Would like to hear some ideas and the logic (assuming there is some)…thanks.

    #4996
    SWG
    SWG
    Keymaster

    After the cunningham, outhaul and backstay are hardened up to get the sail as flat, ease the mainsheet. If you can’t keep the boat on it’s feet playing the mainsheet then traveler down. Traveler down will be slow but might be needed depending on how much breeze.

    Or do you leave twist as-is and start to travel down and then twist off the top?

    This part I don’t quite understand.

    #4997

    fitzee
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    By this I mean do you keep the leach tight (sheeted hard) as you would when going for maximum point and drop down the traveler to de-power? I.E. until you reach the traveler limit at which point you would need to twist off the top.
    Or would you first twist off the top and then travel down? This is assuming the main is already bladed out.

    #5004
    SWG
    SWG
    Keymaster

    Tip #4 in this page is useful (as are the others). Diagrams are well done too.

    5 tips: mainsail trimming. Getting the best from your main can turn it into a tactical weapon

    Suggests keeping the traveler as high as possible.

    #5005

    fitzee
    Participant

    Thanks for that. It seems to me that with overlapping head sails keeping the slot open by travelling up as much as possible makes sense.

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