September 25, 2013 at 11:05 am #90
I have never had or crewed on a boat with an asymmetric spinnaker, let alone a gennaker. So what is the white man magic to sailing with the gennaker?
I plucked the image below from the net.
This chart suggests a gennaker can be flown with an apparent wind range of 50-110 degrees.
September 25, 2013 at 11:51 am #93
Iam still figuring this one out myself , i seem to get it wrong at times but i will certainly be getting Chris to show me hows its done right
September 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm #98
From my experience sailing sportsboats with gennekers, comments on the Weta forums and limited experience wih my Weta, it would seem that the rule of thumb is:
– Go for speed by turning up in the lulls and down in the gusts. Faster and further is better than lower and slower.
– If overpowered always head downwind – don’t luff up (you’ll likely capsize)
– If it’s windy, hoist when heading more downwind and then point up to your course
– Don’t cleat the gennker (you can’t anyway in the standard setup) and adjust it as you turn up and bear away to keep the top trailing edge so it’s just starting to break (harder to see if you don’t have clear sails).
Your aim is to get to the leward mark as fast as possible but this is a trade off between distance sailed and speed which can be expressed as Velocity Made Good or VMG. While you’re not allowed to use electronic instruments in Weta Class racing (Hurumph!) there’s nothing to stop you using them in open races or in practice – and use VMG to give you an idea of what the best heading is for a given wind speed.
You can get expensive marine instruments to do this, but a cheaper solution is to get an app called iRegatta ($9 for iPhone or Android) and a waterproof case or armband depending on your phone/tablet. iRegatta displays most of the functions of dedicated kit including VMG. More here http://www.letscreate.dk/letscreate/?q=node/1
October 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm #147
Thanks Paul for your comments, certainly agree with what you have said.
Geoff Waldron recommended “Asymmetric Sailing by Andy Rice”. Only $10 as an e-book. I have certainly picked up some tips from it, particularly from the guy who sails the single hander. Did not even know there were two techniques to gennaker gybing – blow-through vs pull-through!
Was not aware of the no electronic instruments in the class racing rule. Like many, I like gadgets, but have not lashed out for boat electronics. Is a device, such as a Speedpuck, that much of an advantage? As a lake sailor, the conditions are so variable I wonder if they would be all that effective. But interesting for recording top speed and the like.
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