Mainsheet, Vang, and Traveler

Greg Fisher explains how three important sail controls interact. From the April 1985 issue of Yacht Racing & Cruising.

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Mainsheet, Vang, and Traveler

Greg Fisher compares sail controls on Snipes to find those that will maximize boatspeed.

Should you cleat the mainsheet and play the traveler? Or is it faster to crank on the vang and play the sheet? Greg Fisher tunes up with Craig Leweck in Snipes to determine how these three sail controls interact. Fisher notes, "Every sailor has witnessed, at one time or another, some kind of 'magical' adjustment that has a huge effect on boatspeed." Download the full article below to start getting up to speed (and be sure to check out the Cape Cod Frosty photo on the page opposite the article!).