When you are suffering in certain conditions follow some of the tips below to troubleshoot your sailing. FREE Book - Instant Download Slow in waves or a chop: In a chop or waves, your boat needs to be set up for power to push through the waves. Sails need to be fuller with a little more twist and steering should be less...
Steering fast is a combination of mechanical skill and intuition. Being a fast helmsperson is something sailors acquire by spending a large amount of time on the water both practicing and racing. Common traits of a good helmsperson are intense focus and heightened senses. Added to these, they also need clear visibility and be able to accept input on...
  Some Information from Nick Craig's brilliant book "Helming To Win" distributed by Fernhurst books from their SAIL TO WIN Series. https://www.fernhurstbooks.com    In most classes, boatspeed can be summed up as 5% static settings, 20% dynamic settings and 75% technique. When you hear talk around the boat park prior to leaving to race, nearly every discussion is about the static...
As part of a team in a multi-crewed boat Teamwork in Sailing Ensures Success Multi-Crewed Boats Sailing in multi-crewed boats is a team sport and the crew that knows each other and works together well will get the most out of their boat and enjoy more than their fair share of podiums. What is seen on some boats which are unsuccessful is...
Not enough sailors use Different Steering Techniques For Different Winds. When Wind Speed Changes When the wind speed changes you need to focus on heel and pitch angles, adjusting each for the optimum boatspeed. As the wind builds, you use heel angle as a guide using the sails to keep the boat on its feet. It’s good to have rules of thumb...
With the burgeoning Sportboat fleets and modern yacht design favouring high aspect keels, maintaining flow over the foils has become increasingly important. To get a great start, line up slightly sprung sheets and hold your course until the boat is at full speed. Then gently steer up to close-hauled just before the gun goes. With a boat to leeward of you,...
Competing sailors must practice tacking and how to get it right Unfortunately, all of us have fluffed a tack and sometimes with disastrous results. We may have let a competitor off the hook, got the boat in irons or caused ourselves a myriad of poor outcomes. The goal of a good tack is to maximise our gain to windward. This is...
Ultimate Sailing Success Comes From Teamwork Being Part Of a Crew In a crewed boat there is great satisfaction from being part of a good crew. It is often said that everyone secretly wants to be the skipper but there are also those that get more rewards from being part of a well-functioning team. When you compete in a world-class event, great crew...
Strategy And Tactics Boatspeed and Strategy are two things that you have sorted prior to the start of a race. Strategy is the big picture game plan that you work out before the race starts and tactics are the decisions you make to execute the strategy. Boatspeed Without boatspeed your chances of success are limited and this is something that you must have...
Use Your Eyes When Sailing. Using your eyes effectively whilst racing takes plenty of discipline and practice. Work Out What You Are Looking For First, you need to ascertain what it is that you are looking for, is it a mark, a puff coming towards you and does that puff look like it is a lift or header. It may just be...

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