Hanging on to the uphaul rope when on plane
I noticed some racers hold their uphaul lines (instead of the boom) with their front hand when on plane (to lean even more to the side I presume).
Is that a technique to stay on plane in extremely light wind or a way to get the maximum upwind angle?
Any other tips on when and how to use it?
I'm not sure, you would have to ask the "racer" who is sailing that way what he/she gains by holding the uphaul vs the front hand on the boom.
My guess would be (as I do this alot) that there may not be any huge "advantage" to doing this but it's more comfortable.
Hope this helps,
I have a friend who is a very good sailor (competed in slalom in EuroCup), and sometimes I see he does that. He says it gives better angle upwind. I believe it's not for small gear and/or when overpowered.
To me, it's not very comfortable (even if you get a little better angle), so I don't care.
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