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Sail Trim Rules of Thumb by good friend David Dellenbaugh www.speedandsmarts.com    One objective when you're out sailing is to trim your sails efficiently so you get the best performance from your boat. To do this, it's helpful to have some quick, dependable sail trim references. These will give you maximum performance with a minimum of effort.   SAILING TO WIN BOOK &...
Sail Trim Fundamentals - small adjustments to the shape of the sail can make the difference between being able to hang in a tight spot and being spat out the back. FREE PDF - 49 SAILING TIPS The Basics Of Sail Trim 1. Get it Up -  There is almost always more breeze the higher up you get. Hoist Mainsails as high as...
Photo by Jamie Morrison Sailing races are lost not won and it's the competitors who make the fewest mistakes that end up on top. The mistakes that we make don't go away on their own and as sailors we tend to make the same mistakes week after week. Making notes during races about what worked and what didn't will ensure that...
Trimming for Speed. To win a sailboat race you must sail fast and smart. When you have a speed advantage, tactical decisions are easier. To be fast you have to work at it, your rig needs to be tuned, the hull needs to be fair and smooth and the sails set and trimmed efficiently. By no means less important is...
Photo by Ludomil Sawicki Have a leeward mark checklist. Although this rounding is like others there is more potential for gain or loss. If you don’t approach the mark correctly, you can easily end up on the outside of a gaggle of boats. If you don’t exit from the mark in good shape, it will be hard to do well on...