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Home >> Sailing - Top Tips & Technique >> Light wind downwind
19/10/2018 00:32:00


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My suggestion is to position your body (center of mass) at about the dagger board to lift the stern out of the water.  If you are sitting (or kneeling) in the cockpit behind the main sheet block, then moving fwd should allow you to stay with or be slightly faster than the Lasers.  If the wind comes up above about 8 knots, be careful sitting this far fwd.  While I think it is still very fast, the Aero gets squirrely with weight that far fwd.  The other obvious solution is to switch to your 9 sail when the wind is light.




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12/10/2018 01:04:00

lissa&david
Posts: 54
Also use an elastic to fully release the outhaul and Cunningham. Sam Whaley’s lates tips video shows the easiest set up for that. 




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11/10/2018 19:28:00

James Penn
Posts: 3
Thanks for the tips, will give it a go.  I don't think they are any lighter, perhaps I am using too much rudder.  When I ease the outhaul and cunningham the sail gets large creases and without enough pressure from wind to push them out it loses it's laminar shape completely. To get rid of the diagonal creases in the sail I have to pull the vang a long way on.  By which point, the leech is v tight.




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10/10/2018 01:38:00

lissa&david
Posts: 54
Use a JC strap. Some vang is good, but try different settings. No cunningham, loose outhaul. Weight very far forward. Turn using body weight only, no rudder. At least a bit of lift in sail, either by the lee (esp. light air) or broad reach. Are those passing you significantly lighter? Lesser weight makes a huge difference in light downwind.




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09/10/2018 11:43:00

James Penn
Posts: 3
I'm really struggling to get my Aero 7 going well in very light downwind conditions (i.e. hardly enough pressure to push the boom out).  Upwind I pull away from the Lasers, downwind they run straight passed me.
Does anyone have any advice on sail trim? In these conditions I get slow looking creases in the sail running from tack to batten.  When I pull on enough vang to remove the creases, the leech looks horrible!




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