Reply To: Gust response with traveller
I’m not sure that I’d say that OK Dinghies are “re-established” in Ireland yet, but we’re here and trying. The boats get constant attention from other racers, although it is hard to convince people that they should abandon their precious Lasers!
On the traveller, I was originally trying to maintain a couple of inches of the traveller as “gust response”, but wasn’t sure that I should be doing that in an OK. Finn and OK trim guides talk a lot about the automatic response of the mast in gusts but only talk about the traveller as part of set-up for the day…hence my slight confusion.
My previous habits in a variety of dinghy and keelboat classes would have been to drop the traveller and head up (slightly, if at all) in a gust, or drop traveller if I had to bear off to gain speed in chop.
From recent messing around in the boat I’d started trying to set up so that I could always drop the car at least a couple of inches for a puff in pretty much all hiking conditions.
When it’s REALLY honking do you ever have the car all the way even in the lulls and then depend on the vang to keep the boom down so you can still ease sheet in a big puff or waveset – or do you always keep the car in a little?