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Drift

The force Fd on the sails is uncompensated if the boat is not underway, and the boat drifts rapidly to leeward. Under sail the force Fs due to centreboard and rudder compensates Fd and reduces drift to about 10°. Thus when sailing close hauled, speed must be maintained, if necessary by easing the sheets and bearing away, in order to minimise drift

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