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The Pleasures of Sailing Downwind
If you do most of your cruising along a familiar coast then, like us, you find yourself sailing up wind more than half the time. For some mysterious reason, when we want to sail east, the wind comes in from the east and when we want to turn around and sail home to the west, the prevailing westerly fills in and begins to blow. That’s why sailing downwind is such a treat. It’s that rare. But if you are planning a long voyage, you will design your route to take advantage of the prevailing breezes, the westerlies in the higher latitudes and the eastlies in the tropics. So, for those exceptional downwind legs while coasting, and the long legs at sea, a good downwind sail — a spinnaker, cruising chute, reacher or Code 0– will make the boat go faster and you ‘ll have more fun.
We once had an eight-day passage from Sri Lanka across the Arabian Sea to Oman. We caught the full moon and had a 10 knot easterly monsoon behind us. We put the spinnaker up on the first day and except for checking the halyard shackles every day, we left it up and drawing for the entire trip. It was one of our best passages ever and all because we had a good downwind sail to pull us along.
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