Windshifts Downwind

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  1. laser170654

    laser170654 New Member

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    Does anyone have any good techniques
    or ways of detecting windshift downwind?
    Compass, wind indicators?
    Thanks
    :confused: :eek: :confused:
     
  2. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, your view is going to change!
     
  3. sailchris

    sailchris Member

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    I generally use the back of my neck.
     
  4. sailor327

    sailor327 New Member

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    i havent really gotten the hang of downwind wind shifts.
     
  5. gouvernail

    gouvernail Active Member

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    As you approach the weather mark, the lifted tack should be telling you something about your plans for the run.

    If Port is lifted as you approach the mark, plan to broad reach as you round.

    If Starboard is lifted, plan to sail by the lee or gybe.

    As you increase your lead on the second place boat, remember to stay between the fleet and the leeward mark
     
  6. Skipper Johnson

    Skipper Johnson New Member

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    Yes, sail by the lee and when the middle tell tale flutters, let the cunningham all the way off and tighten the vang, roll tack until the leech flows via the luff.
     
  7. mee168

    mee168 New Member

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    I am dependable on my wind indicator for any wind shifting... There are actually better sailors who are sailing without the need of wind indicator. How I envy them... :(
     
  8. computeroman2

    computeroman2 Member

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    A wind indicator can be used, but in the absence of that, you should notice changes in airflow/boatspeed when tweaking the main (assuming you are all playing the sail to ensure proper trim, of course :) ).
     
  9. computeroman2

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    Also, look at the boats around you, their sail trim, and their course.
     

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