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...
Too many sailors don't use Different Steering Techniques For Different Winds. 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 to help...
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...
Who better to get help with boat speed issues than Mat Belcher, current Olympic Gold medallist in the 470 class from Tokyo 2021. Olympic Gold Medalist Tips For Boatspeed and Changing Gears I have copied below excerpts from an interview that I did with Mat in 2017 while he was waiting at the airport to travel to yet another overseas...
How To find more speed is largely a matter of trial and error and getting to know your boat. How To Find More Speed You can set your sails so that they look right but to get the last fraction of boat speed you must experiment with different settings and shapes to see which ones give you the best results. Even when...

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