Juan Mauri Explains the Joy of Mast Rake and We Welcome New Members

Juan Mauri sketches the forces that play on a sailboat.

Juan Mauri sketches the forces that play on a sailboat.

Let’s see if I have this right. Upwind you want the center of effort over the center of rotation and downwind the center of effort should be forward of the center of rotation. Get those right and the boat will be balanced; get it wrong and there’s little you can do to get the boat to sail the way you want. Adjusting your mast rake even one degree can make all the difference.

Pro Sailor and sailing supply company proprietor Juan Mauri flew in from Texas to explain this at the January meeting—and also to ask how we can get more sailors and boats out on the water. Interestingly, he said that building boats that sail with smaller crews had a perverse effect, reducing the number of sailors because all those extra crew people are now on shore.

The board of directors this month voted in seven new club members and three of them were at the meeting to receive a welcome from Commodore Chris Smith and the crowd.

Chris Smith welcomes new members Mike Maloney and Kim Stuart.

Chris Smith welcomes new members Mike Maloney and Kim Stuart.

New member Jonathon Magick.

New member Jonathon Magick.

Terry Copeland joins AYC.

Terry Copeland joins AYC.

Freshly back from a trip to Australia, Emory Heisler says if you have a chance to sail there, do it! He holds an exchange burgee.

Freshly back from a trip to Australia, Emory Heisler says if you have a chance to sail there, do it! He holds an exchange burgee.