Running by the lee
In Go Faster tips and questions.
May 14, 2022
Hi Ian, the basic guide is the leach telltales, they will all go into reverse flow along the backside of your sail after briefly collapsing from their usual flow out from the sail as you bear away by the lee. It's a strange feeling at first, you speed up and the feel on the mainsheet goes lighter - hold it there. You don't want much kicker, the sail needs to feel light and free. If you sheet in a little the main takes a better shape off the shrouds, the relative wind angle to your heading improves ( you should be going straight towards a downwind mark at a similar speed to those shooting off on the high speed low reach), and you can either ease or sheet in the main by just a few inches to steer the boat. Sit well back as usual and aim to keep it bolt upright until you know how it feels, then you can do fancy dan wave steering/ surfing boosts. I agree with everything Guy has already said, I hope this helps.