Agree that the Farr rough water VPPs are quite conservative. Our targets are a few percent higher and we sail a bit deeper downwind (with a fat A-sail). The pole boats go deeper still, of course.
Upwind, the boat will happily sit in an under-speed groove all day if you don't build speed before going fully close hauled. Assuming you've got the basics covered (clean bottom, reasonable sails & rig tune, sufficient rail weight, calibrated instruments), try sheeting the sails to 90% and putting the nose down a few degrees to build speed until you hit target. Then smoothly squeeze the sails on to 100%. The boat is quite heavy, so it is a case of speed first, height second!
In breezier conditions, the non-overlapping jibs need to be in-hauled to achieve a finer entry angle, or it all gets a bit over-powered (34.7s don't like over-powered - rudder's too small!)
Congratulations on buying a good boat that will test and reward you.
Hi, and thanks for replying..
Scarry to hear that the VPP's should even be beaten with some %.
Have checked the bottom with a Go Pro Hero camera on a pole, some growth is seen on the keel, however I don't see that it should amount to that much reduction in height& speed?
As for the rest, I am aware of this.
The rig came pre set/tensioned and I have not touched this. Find the V1 to be tight, however the D1 and the D2 to be quite slack, (loose when using the hand to wiggle the rod). I have checked in heavier weather and can not see any sagging in the mast, and the wind-ward side gets tight under sail. How much would reduction in speed/height would you expect from an improper set rig?