With the end of the year offshore race season almost upon us, I have set out below a few tips for crews. Keeping the whole team alert at night can be tough, especially on the first night of a long race. This is when our internal body clocks have not gotten into the rhythm of a watch system. Before the race...
Watching the Olympic sailing, with the silky smooth boat handling and tactics it got me thinking about the basic things that the rest of us at all levels below the Olympians must have instinctively dialled in. In a multi-race series consistency is probably the big one but there are a number of other basic things that we should all practice...
CORRECTION TO LAST WEEKS BLOG. In my haste to send out my already late Blog, during the paring down to make the article short and easy to read I eliminated the essence of  "shifting Gears in a Lull" what should have been included follows in bold italics. Bearing off to restore luff telltale flow in a lull is a bad habit....
. We need to employ the best tactical foresight out on the racecourse for staying out of trouble. We must be observant otherwise we can still often get ourselves into a jam. To that end, I have outlined below some tips to enable you to dig your way out. Ducking a Competitor: The main reason that you have to duck is to...
Tip 1: Stay Focused A lapse in concentration at a critical time in a race can cost you several places and although this sounds obvious it is impossible to give 100 per cent concentration all the time.  If sailing in a crewed boat don't let conversations wander away from the race and this is just as important for the time on...
Tip 1: Don't line up on the Starboard Tack Layline too early Hitting the layline early means you will probably end up overstanding and the bigger the fleet the more damage you will do to your position. In many fleets it’s possible to make the mark if you tack on to port just underneath the boats that are overstanding – but...
When you want to kick your sailing performance up to the next level, many sailors think first of spending money – buying new sails, replacing gear, or even buying a new boat. In most cases a number of small and easy improvements in your technique can yield great results using the gear that you already have. Tip 1: Be Consistent Always try...
Published on FEB, 2018 2004 Olympian Carol Cronin reviews how the balance of ego and communication contributes to the functioning of a successful team. At a recent Snipe regatta, Kim Couranz and I counted up the number of lines we each control. Her total? Sixteen (eight on port tack, eight on starboard). My total? One. Giving Kim all the controls except the mainsheet...
With Special thanks to David Dellenbaugh of "Speed and Smarts" Newsletter Good boat speed is about consistency as much as anything else. Of course, almost any sailor would welcome a flash of super speed, even if it's short-lived. But that’s not what your goal should be. If you really want to improve your speed (and therefore your race results) in the long run,...

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