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David Wiencke

If flying a super yankee, threading the sheet between the upper and lowers (sidestays) allows one to point higher. I have found that a W32 can point as high as any other "cruising" sailboat in flat water. Once waves get about 2.5-3 feet high I need to bear off about 5 degrees to "sail" over the waves. Being a sensable boat she refuses to bash straight into steep chop.

Narrower entry boats may slice through such waves only to fall off the backside, giving both its occupants and equipment a pounding.


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