It's not a close contact sport, well except at some mark roundings, so I can't see why you would cancel the event because of COVID19.
Yep I'd say its a lot about helm balance - you lose a bit of RM from CoB, gain a bit from rig on top. Generally only works in breeze I think.In the 800 a bit of windward heel feels nice and balanced on the helm.
Julian posted a few times saying it reduces tip losses or something. I'll leave him to explain.
The downside is you have less weight through your feet, so balance gets a bit tricky. You also have to raise slightly higher on your trap to avoid getting washed away in the lulls (or be better at trimming).
Most boats have a quite a bit of stability through buoyancy, so the further you heel to windward the less righting moment you have (centre of bouyancy moves out faster than the centre of gravity, so the boat will always bob back upright). That's static buoyancy so doesn't describe the lift from the hull shape passing through the water, but you might understand what I mean. I feel on a skiff the rigs are quite tall and the hulls less stable, so the weight of the rig over to windward seems to help sooner. Just a theory.
A lot included but a lot left out, no mention of Grand Prix Sailing that took the 18's to a massive national televised audiencethe 2020 JJ Giltinan race program. An interesting read with a lot of 18footers history included
he drank the beer, I drank the bundy. and paid for it later!Plenty of those Clean. Except the Resch’s beer was the drop of choice. The narrative was strong in that man. What could possibly go wrong!!
What did the 2020 Moth Worlds and the 2020 JJ's have in common? They were both totally dominated by the boat the sailed upwind with the most windward heel. Sailing either boat with windward heel requires a higher skill level to avoid digging a wing in during a lull or a header. Honda was so dialed-in that they could achieve windward heel while playing their mainsheet much less than others.Yep I'd say its a lot about helm balance - you lose a bit of RM from CoB, gain a bit from rig on top. Generally only works in breeze I think.
Not seen this JJ but last one Honda sailed with a twistier main which meant they weren't inverting, closing slot, and were shedding power from up high etc compared to Aus boats. Certainly seemed to work, as well as the ww heel