Sailing is a sport where lack of preparation in any one of the four main areas has the ability to ruin your race day. Below, you will find some (but by no means all) must-do preparation activities. Training Preparation Use training to change ingrained bad habits and to make sure that all manoeuvres become second nature. Repetition is your...
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...
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...
  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...
  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...
In the sport of sailing, there are plenty of myths and I have attempted to set out below some of the most common ones with the correct answers that debunk them. 1. MYTH - To determine the favoured end of the starting line, go to the middle of the line and point straight into the wind, the end of the...
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...
  Of course, there are some things you can do by yourself in areas such as boat preparation, sail shape and boat handling but it is almost impossible to improve your boatspeed very much by working alone. For you to make substantial progress on speed development you need to line up with two boats side by side. The best way to judge...
Now that most of us in the Southern Hemisphere have completed our National championships, our attention must turn to analysing our results so that we can improve for next year's competition.   Some competitors will be more than satisfied with the end result but for most, now that they have competed on the same track with the best in their class,...
    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...

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