What is Depowering a sail and when would you do it

Discussion in 'Sailing Talk' started by OldDog, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. OldDog

    OldDog New Member

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    Hi All;

    I am thinking about buying a Laser this spring. I have never sailed one. In reading up on them I am finding reference to various techniques and rigging adjustments to depower the sail. What is depowering and in what conditions would you want to do it?

  2. Alan Glos

    Alan Glos Active Member

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    Depowering means making the sail flatter and less powerful. On a Laser, this is done by
    pulling the outhaul adjustment out, tightening the Cunningham, tightening the boom vang and easing the mainsheet traverler. Think flat sail, less power, less heel and better control. It's the difference between a C-47 wing and an F-16 wing section.

    Alan Glos
    Cazenovia, NY

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