To answer this question I spoke with Skip Lissiman who has sailed a myriad of different boats from Pelicans through to Maxi boats with perhaps his greatest achievement being a part of the Australia 2 crew which won the America's Cup in 1983. Brett: the first question I had here was how important is practice to improve your sailing rather...
A race or regatta should not be over for your team when you cross the finish line and there is plenty to be gained from the post-race debrief. Reason For a Debrief After a successful result, our self-confidence gets a boost but after a poor showing on the water, we have to deal with the psychological fallout. All is not lost...
    Many racing sailors talk themselves out of first-place finishes. They convince themselves that they have poor boat speed or they tack out of a perfectly good spot on the course and blame it on a wind shift that they thought would come. There's always something external, beyond their control that seems to prevent them from collecting the silverware. The real reason that...
  To do this in Sailing, you need to have the experience to prioritise what you should be working on. You need the resources to travel to where the best competition is and to have the best possible equipment that you can afford. You must also be prepared to put in the extra training time necessary so that you are just a...
  You are unlikely to win every race you enter but you can learn something new every time you go out on the water. For the champions of our sport, learning is one of the most rewarding aspects of competition. Race as many different boats and classes as possible. Different boats react differently concerning changes in sail trim, boat handling, and...
  https://youtu.be/hOoc-xrvqZs  You don't need any special hardware to do live tracking. Use your smartphone with the TackTracker app for iPhone or Android and instantly create a live race or training session.  Discover how utilising TackTrackers GPS tracking system gives you the exact steps to work out how and where to improve your boat speed and tactics without breaking the bank. Replay your...
We all love to race but racing is sometimes a slow way to learn how to make your boat faster. Two boat training is one of the best ways to get rapid on water improvement but importantly, the training must be structured to get the quickest results.  I have set out below, some elements that will guarantee a successful on-water experience. Decide...
Having a tuning partner is one of the best ways to get value from your on-water practice sessions but in these times of no racing, fewer boats out sailing and social distancing, keeping your skills sharp probably means solo training. Before you head out, it's important to have a plan but it is just as important to have a debrief...
  If you are like me, you have been spending time away from the boat getting all things computer and home office up to date and in order, especially those jobs that have been carried forward in your diary for what seems like years.  While this has been great, one downside of all this "office" work has been the gradual decline...
You will have invested considerable time money and effort to enter and travel to a sailing event so it makes sense to invest some time into preparation involving well-planned practice hours leading up to the races. It never ceases to amaze me, how many competitors at events that I have attended have put in no extra effort other than their...

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