How close to and far off the wind?
I have recently purchased FS 4861 and hope to begin to race her this year. While I am not new to sailing, I am new to dinghy class racing. My main goal is to improve my sailing skill and have a little fun. At age 59 I don't expect much more than that. I have been studying the Flying Scot performance predictions and polars posted on the Unofficial Flying Scot Web Site http://unofficial-flyingscot-page.home.att.net/ Needless to say, I have some questions. It appears that the Scot sails best about 50 deg off True up to 6 knots. Above 8 knots the optimum is hovers around 45 deg off True. The boat should be sailed almost flat until 12 knots, and by 14 knots heel is 19 deg and should never exceed that. I have been told the Scot begins to plane around 12 to 14 knots. Does this mean that I should sail the boat flat until it planes and then try to keep heel at 19 degrees? The tables seem to indicate that the optimum tack angle is around 15 deg to apparent in nearly all wind speeds. But if I am reading the apparent polar correctly, the optimum appears to be something near 28 degrees. What is correct? The polars suggest that tacking downwind in the range of 140 to 160 deg off True. In the race I witnessed the good sailors did not seem to do this. Comments? Ha anyone noticed any differences between the performance prediction program analysis an their Scot on the water.