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...
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...
                          When racing around a set or fixed marks course, a competitive sailor uses the compass to plan and then implement their race strategy. If you are sailing in a crewed boat, one crew member should be responsible to watch the compass to establish what the wind is doing and...
You have to train yourself to use your eyes, and this takes practice – Buddy Melges. "Get your head out of the boat" is pretty much a universal catch cry of just about any coach who is tasked with helping you to improve your racing results. This is a skill that must be practised but if you look around the best...
The best way to get started and build your initial skills is to get tuition either at the club level or with a course provided by your National sailing body. If your initial sailing was not in a club environment, joining a club is one of the most important steps to move your skills forward and it's through a club...
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...
  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...
Shifting gears on your boat requires knowledge of your boat, the conditions, and plenty of practice. Gear changing is what separates those with adequate boat-speed from those who always seem to be higher and faster. Many in your fleet start a race with a similar setup using a tuning guide or by following class accepted principles but the faster boats...
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...
Key tactical tips on how to improve your sailing both upwind, downwind, and around the course. When sailing downwind, use your masthead wind indicator to show your apparent wind and look at your nearby competitor's indicator to see if they are shadowing you. If you lose distance after crossing tacks or gybes, have the courage to shift sides of the course. Always...

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