As proof the Nite is a strictly-controlled, one-design class, one will notice an obvious lack of “go-fast” information within this site. There’s just no need to “trick up” the boat.
THE BASIC SETUP
That’s it, go race. It’s a fast, basic starting point. Over time, you may experiment with stay tension, but most don’t.
In bigger winds, keep it flat.
The Nite goes fastest when sailed flat on the ice. Sailing with one runner in the air is exciting, but s-l-o-w. Four ways to control hiking:
In lighter winds, go for speed.
Upwind, bear off as much as 70 degrees to the wind and ease the sheet so the telltales on the windward and leeward side of the luff are flowing. As the boat picks up speed, the windward telltale will begin to stall and flutter. Trim until the windward telltale begins to flow again. In time, you’ll gain enough speed to head a proper course upwind.
Sailing off the wind in light winds is essentially the same, but slightly more challenging. Sail roughly 90 degrees to the wind, and trim the mainsheet to keep both telltales on the luff flowing. Once up to speed, you can bear off.
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Sailed February 24-26
Battle Lake, MN
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