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...
Back To Basics - How To Get Out Of A Slump If you feel as though you are losing your touch out on the race course sometimes you need to go back and start at the beginning. If your performance is a shadow of your past, you need to go through each one of the potential problem areas. First, check the finish...
It's The Little Things That Make The Most Difference Often the difference between mid-fleet hackers and great sailors is simply the fact that champions pay attention to the little things. I have listed below, some of the things you need to pay attention to. I am sure you will be able to add many more but you catch my drift about...
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...
thethe 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 of Coaching 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...
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...
How To Improve Your Racing Skills The Best Way To Get Started 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...
  Common Myths of Competitive Sailing and the truths behind them. 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...
Footing, Pointing and Changing Gears 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...
                            When racing around a set or fixed marks course, a competitive sailor uses the compass to plan and then implement their race strategy. Using a Compass For Course Racing If you are sailing in a crewed boat, one crew member should be responsible to watch the compass. This establishes...

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