Preparing For A Big Event - It's the time of the year when many classes and clubs have their State, National and World Championships. Quite often travel to events both locally and Internationally adds a layer of difficulty. Preparing a packing list is an important part of being ready to race. In every case, preparation is one of the key...
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...
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...
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...
  Sailing Instructions Checklist - 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 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...
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 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...
  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...
Prepare to Race - 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 Early Get on the course 60 minutes before the start and sail as much of the first beat as possible. Make mental...

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