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Sailing by the lee


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I noticed this on Michael Storer article on Duckworks:

http://www.storerboatplans.com/wp/design/rig/sails/sailing-unstayed-cat-ketches-and-cat-yawls-safely-and-efficiently-downwind-in-strong-winds/

Back in the late 70's and early 80's there was a fleet of bareboat 30-some foot unstayed cat ketch charter boats here in Belize. Their delivery skipper had also delivered many Garry Hoyt Freedom 40's (the first 'mainstream' unstayed cat ketches) to the Virgin Islands. He almost always had the main by the lee (forward of the mast) when reaching, with or without a staysail on the mizzen, and said it was the fastest way to go.
Has anyone tried this on Core Sounds? They are much smaller, but have the same rig.

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Sailing with the mail by the lee is definitely the fastest way to go when the wind is between about 130 and 180 apparent. Big ease on the snotter helps too. My favorite point of sail is about 150 apparent with the main by the lee and the mizzen staysail up and pulling hard. Fast and fun. 

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