Interview with Glenn Bourke to give us some insight into championship and regatta strategy. 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 sailor with multiple Olympic, World and National championship successes to his name. Brett - Do...
Getting a great start in clear air can be the most important part of your race and knowing the favoured end and determining how much it is favoured will help you settle on your starting strategy. Some of the many considerations to ensure a great start are current, where other boats are congregating, the size of the fleet, wind speed...
Your pre-start routine shouldn't be set in concrete and needs to be fine-tuned according to the conditions, your freshness and any glaring weaknesses that you can work on in the time available.  Ideally, a three or four-hour gap between waking up and starting a race works best to make sure there’s time to get ready, feed, hydrate and switch on.  Vary...
Sailing is a sport where changes and small things can make a big difference to your end results. 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 each sheet. Minimize twists in the spinnaker halyard tail by tying...
  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 mind, you first need to worry...
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 book □             Charts of the...
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!   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, sports lovers, friends, family and sailors researching their competition...
Regattas generally bring with them diverse wind conditions, so crews need to be prepared to handle whatever the venue hands out.  Researching the most up-to-date forecasts, in combination with understanding the venue is absolutely critical in preparing for success on race day. Although it is great to speak to the locals about what to expect and by all means take...
On the morning of the race, you will check the local forecast again to see how the predicted weather has changed or whether it is behaving as has been forecast. Get out on the course at least 60 minutes before the posted start time and sail as much of the first beat as you can. Make mental notes of the...
  There are several things that you should check in the sailing instructions even if you don't get time to thoroughly read them which of course I thoroughly recommend if you want to prepare properly for a race or regatta. The first is determining what penalty system is being used be it one or two turns, yellow flag or retire. Next is the...

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