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Heading straight into it - or tacking ?

Hi all,

A long time ago, I was advised to "tack" upwind, instead of expending all my energy by trying to punch straight into a strong wind and waves. By tacking, I mean head at an angle to the waves that took them on the side of the bow at about 45 degrees. The theory being that the boat wouldn't be stopped every time it pounded into a wave head on.

I realise that it is dependant on the strength of the wind and the size of the waves, but it seemed to make sense, and the boat does seem to move more easily and go faster "across" the waves. The downside is that you have to paddle a greater distance to get where you wanted to go - but the paddling is easier !

Does anyone know how to quantify this ? Am I on the right track ?

Cheers, Steve.

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Head straight into it