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Global Solo Challenge - on a beat from Code Zero to Storm Jib in a series

by Global Solo Challenge 19 Jun 02:01 PDT
Beating in 50-60 knots of wind in the Indian Ocean on a Class40 © Global Solo Challenge

We find ourselves heeled and slamming on the waves. When a storm rages we just wish it would end soon. Those who suffer from seasickness are often with a bucket within reach.

But let's look at what happens with respect to the configuration of our sails on board as the wind increases. We will review the various sail configurations and sails changes as the wind increases.

Sailing upwind / beating

In very light winds we have to do our best to get the boat moving and generate some apparent wind. On IRC / ORC boats a true Code Zero would count as a headsail and not as a spinnaker, penalizing the rating.

For this reason the Code Zero itself is typical of oceanic classes such as the Mini 650s, Class40s and Imocas where the restriction is on the number and material of the sails but not on their shape (as well as in the Global Solo Challenge).

The videos are taken onboard an Akilaria RC1 Class40.

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