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hello,

what would be the best choice of downwind angle on IMOCAs and why? I usually choose the angle with the best VMG, according to the polaires, but I see most other competitors going 10 or 15 degrees higher. that is faster, but the VMG is not so good. what am I doing wrong?

another topic, best strategy to sail round the south atlantic high in this leg? I cant find forecast weather that goes more than 7 days. 

 

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4 hours ago, Luiyo said:

another topic, best strategy to sail round the south atlantic high in this leg? I cant find forecast weather that goes more than 7 days. 

 

My advise, don’t hug the coast, go south and take the strong winds to Capetown. 

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7 hours ago, Luiyo said:

what would be the best choice of downwind angle on IMOCAs and why? I usually choose the angle with the best VMG, according to the polaires, but I see most other competitors going 10 or 15 degrees higher. that is faster, but the VMG is not so good. what am I doing wrong?

It is about taking the fastest route. Best VMG does not always take you in good winds. Read the forecast, analyze it and plot your course. As franckhamburg wrote, there is no manual for that. Play and learn. If you want to use, there are routers but do not blindly follow them.

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Do we have to follow actual competitor rules?@

I believe the real competitors have to skirt the remaining Cape Verde islands to the west according to their rules, but do we have to do this in order to have a fair race?

They're all veering westward, most of my competitors are steering east inside the islands.

Thanks,

Westwind

 

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