To get an insight into Assessing a Regatta Venue and Big Fleet Strategy, I spoke with Roger Blasse from Melbourne, Australia. Roger has won 11 National and 2 World championships in the OK dinghy and is also a front-running competitor in the International 14' skiff, a very technical development class. Brett: When you're going to a regatta, how long before...
.  Useful Tips For Racing Sailors to be at the front of the fleet. Boat Preparation - Useful Tips For Racing Sailors To win you must be the best prepared, and a lack of attention in this area can mean gear or boat breakages to be able to win you must be able to finish. Beyond that, you must have competitive equipment, efficient...
Tactician Responsibilities - Now What. Being the Tactician on your boat carries with it a lot of responsibility. Depending on the size of the boat and the number of team members, the way you handle the job will vary greatly. I have set out below some of the key methods and duties needed to be an effective Tactician. Only one person...
  This interview with Glenn Bourke to give us some insight into championship and regatta strategy. He will show us How to Approach a Regatta in Big or Small Fleets. Glenn is currently the CEO of the wildly successful Hamilton Island home of Hamilton Island race week. Not only is Glenn a successful businessman but he is a high-achieving competitive...
Find The Favoured End Without Instruments. Getting a great start in clear air can be the most important part of your race. Knowing the favoured end and determining how much it is favoured will help with your starting strategy. There are many considerations to ensure a great start. Consider current, where other boats are, the size of the fleet, wind...
Pre-Race Routines to Ensure Race Day Success Pre-Race Routine Your pre-start routine shouldn't be set in concrete and needs to be fine-tuned. Take into account the conditions, your freshness and any glaring weaknesses. Work on these in the time available.  Ideally, a three or four-hour gap between waking up and starting a race works best. This gives you time to get ready,...
Sailing is a sport where changes and small things can make a big difference to your end results. Small Things Can Have a Major Impact in a Race Make all your lines as short as possible, this reduces weight and minimizes the number of tangles you'll get. Use a magic marker or piece of tape to mark important settings on...
  Sailing Success Begins With a Solid Stool By Malcolm Page, Australia’s most successful Olympic sailor People often ask me what makes a winning sailor. I mostly get the impression that they are after some special Jedi “mind trick” that mentally makes someone a champion. With the focus these days on sports psychology, people often forget that before you worry about your...
Sailing Regatta Checklist - For those of us travelling interstate or overseas for National or World championships, you need a Sailing Regatta Checklist to help you get packed for the regatta. Good luck, go out there and sail fast and smart but above all have fun and learn heaps. Essential stuff □             Notice of race □             Sailing instructions □             Rulebook and class rules □             Appeals...
Publicity for a sailing regatta. Sailing has always been tricky to get across to the spectator but now TackTracker can show every spectator what all the sailors know .... and more!   How To Watch Ashore   The spectator can be at the hosting clubhouse's bar or restaurant, at home, the office, down the road in a cafe or even on another continent.   Coaches,...

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