I interviewed Mike Holt about how to start well every time starting, Mike is a three-time World champion in the high-performance International 505 when he was in Adelaide Australia competing in our 505 National championships. Mike has competed in a huge number of 505 events all around the world, he is by no means a one-class sailor. Mike has sailed...
As part of a team in a multi-crewed boat Teamwork in Sailing Ensures Success Multi-Crewed Boats Sailing in multi-crewed boats is a team sport and the crew that knows each other and works together well will get the most out of their boat and enjoy more than their fair share of podiums. What is seen on some boats which are unsuccessful is...
Too many sailors don't use Different Steering Techniques For Different Winds. When the wind speed changes you need to focus on heel and pitch angles, adjusting each for the optimum boatspeed. As the wind builds, you use heel angle as a guide using the sails to keep the boat on its feet. It’s good to have rules of thumb to help...
There are plenty of ways that a beginner can become a winner. There are an enormous number of ways that we can get better results out on the racecourse, not the least of which is time on the water. Unfortunately, time is not something that many of us have to spare in any great quantity. I have laid out below a...
Strategy and tactics are the key ingredients of your plan to ensure success and fun for the day's sailing event. Strategy A definition of strategy is having a plan for how you would like to sail a race if there were no other boats on the course. Tactics are being able to adapt quickly to changing situations, that is, reacting to...
      I spoke to Matt Bugg on the subject of mental toughness and psychology in sailing. Matt is a man who has not let adversity stand in his way to achieve great things in our sport. After becoming a paraplegic in a snowboarding accident at 23, Matthew decided to try to reach the pinnacle of Para-sailing, first in Australia and then...
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...
Most sailors know that modern sails perform much like an aeroplane wing and that's the way sails work to windward. Because of the way that a sail is curved, and because of the angle of attack when trimmed properly, the air passing over the leeward side speeds up in comparison to the air passing over the windward side. It is the...
Knowing how to attack and defend is a skill that develops with time on the water. When racing, it rarely pays to concentrate on beating one boat as you risk the rest of the fleet getting away.  Having said that, there are key areas of the race course or regatta when this could be necessary, so the ability to attack and...
  Tips And Rules For The Upwind Leg, To get to the first mark at the head of the fleet consider the following.  Sail on the Lifted Tack as Long as Possible The basic idea when sailing upwind is to sail on the lifted tack as long as possible but there are a few other general rules that ensure you make the...

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