edt wrote:In sailing you sail at your optimum tack angle until you reach the layline. The layline is an imaginary line to the mark based on the optimum pointing angle for that particular craft in that particular wind. So the answer is "yes" there is what you call a happy medium, the optimal pointing angle different for every boat, current, and wind speed. Correspondingly in a direct downwind course you have to zig zag to the mark, not aim directly at it.
BWD wrote:Come up with a "polar diagram" of how you board goes in different wind angles and windspeeds
davesails7 wrote:So on the current 70cm race boards is it best to go slow and point as high as possible or head down a bit to achieve the best VMG?
davesails7 wrote:Is there a program that does this for you if you input the wind direction?
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