3rd Gear – Powered Up

gear3In medium airs the main needs still to be full to give the boat the power. The main should be flatter but still and powerful. The outhaul should be tensioned a little so the very foot of the sail has no shape, and sits right on to the boom. The luff should also be tensioned and the draft half way back. If creases at the luff develop to get the draft at 50% then that’s OK. The mast should bent to about 50% of its travel, so the backstay should be very firm.

With the sail as full as possible, we need to set the mainsheet and twist. Trimming should be easier to feel . Continue to trim the sheet until the top batten is parallel to the boom, but on fractional mainsails, the batten alignment should be a little more twisted. Set the traveller so the boom is on the below centre, whilst not changing the twist.

Now check the telltales, they should all fly, but the top one may not all the time – 70% of the time flying is OK. The helmsman should have good feel now.

The headsail needs to be set initially with the correct twist and fully sheeted for that twist – the car position should be altered to allow max sheet for that twist.

With a Medium genoa or Code 2 jib up you want to create as power in the jib, but maximise pointing.

Halyard tension should be increased, and have the draft at 35-40%.Recheck the sheet for the correct twist, and foot camber will be almost flat. Watch the telltales to ensure an equal lift on all sets.

Trim the sheet until the leech is fully onto the spreaders, and on fractional boat, two thirds of the way along the spreader is a good place for the leech. If you have inhaulers, move the clew out to about 7-8 degrees, rechecking the spreader/leech position and the telltales for twist.

Now check the telltales, they should all fly.

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