Alternative going like a train, but since re-rigging with those nice BG sails and a Pierre Gonnet mast just could not seem to get the best sail shape on all points.
I had used a high tech roller setup to achieve an accurate pre-bend and it matched recommendations, but just did not feel right.
Bit the bullet and took the sail off and decided to revert to the low tech bend method, as suggested aeons ago by a sailor who subsequently won the Worlds.
To quote the instructions: " Just bend it around your middle".
Now, of course, the gooseneck is fitted and the shrouds. I recently fixed the mast crane to avoid rotation and between this and the gooseneck body, maintaining the bend axis is very easy.
So yes; rig and drill the mast before bending this way.
First I removed the existing bend, then proceeded to gently bend to match the reversed luff shape. Simple. Refitted sail and it looked good, as they say.
Proof of the pudding was sailing this morning. Simply fantastic ! Previously I was aware that performance fell off noticeably depending on initial set up. Either upwind or reaching.
Boat pointed brilliantly and now accelerated downwind also. The excellent sails can now do their job.
Just down to me now, thanks to that "gut feeling" and some old but good advice.
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There were a few nose dives, mainly coming away from the windward spreader mark but the boat popped up immediately and accelerated away. Once you got going it was just a question of riding the gust for as long as possible. So it's official, 6mRs are not slow. It's just that they tend to be sailed in rather sheltered waters and don't get the benefit of sustained wind over long legs.
Results are on the site now as well.