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...
the Coaches all around the world preach If You Sail Your Boat Flat You Will Be Fast This article was written by super coach ADRIAN FINGLAS during his time as Head Coach at Royal Brighton Yacht Club. We have all heard the old saying flat is fast, once the boat is powered up and sailing upwind the flatter you can sail...
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,...
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...
  Although light air sailing is far from most sailors' favourite conditions, it does provide the greatest number of opportunities to make the biggest gains. A well-sailed boat can develop a great speed advantage and at times it can go literally twice as fast as its competitors – so it is not unusual to see the largest race-winning leads developed in...
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...
  MYTHS REGARDING CURRENT ACROSS THE COURSE MYTH - Your apparent wind will be different on each tack. Since you sail faster over the bottom on the down current tack, you’ll feel more wind on that tack and this will affect sail trim and speed. TRUTH - The apparent wind on both tacks is affected equally by the current, so you will feel...
To sail fast in waves and chop you need speed which means powered-up sails and footing off in the worst bits. As you hit each wave it slows you down and sailing well in waves requires determination, concentration and the correct technique. When sailing in chop, acceleration mode is the only mode and speed breeds speed. The faster you go the...
In sailboat racing, change is continuous, you have puffs, lulls, lifts, headers, bad air, waves, tacks and so on. It's rare that you can set the boat up and sail for too long without changing something, to go fast you must constantly adjust the trim of your boat and sails. We actually use many different settings to cover the full...
Using your eyes effectively whilst racing takes plenty of discipline and practice. 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 simply a case of working out where you will be situated...

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