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"Winging it": Sailing with a winged rudder

Winged rudders have been mainstream in the class since around 2010. They provide a number of benefits including: allowing the 12 to carry a little more helm/crew weight as they provide lift at the transom, increasing straight line speed in certain conditions and acting as a stabiliser on high speed reaches and runs.

To get the most out of the wings there are some new sailing techniques to learn. This guide gives some tips on how to harness their power and avoid them being a hindrance. Before diving into the guide we suggest you watch the 3 minute video overview.

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