You win sailboat races by sailing faster and less distance than your opponents and to sail less distance, you must have a good feel for the angles. Many sailors develop this feel visually over time but not everyone retains this visual information. A compass gives you a precise tool for the angles and there are dramatic gains and losses due to...
To sail fast in waves and chop you need speed which means powered-up sails and footing off in the worst bits. As you hit each wave it slows you down and sailing well in waves requires determination, concentration and the correct technique. When sailing in chop, acceleration mode is the only mode and speed breeds speed. The faster you go the...
This one’s a classic: If you’re the outside boat of a group approaching the leeward mark and blindly carry on with pace, you’ll sail extra distance in bad air, carry wide around the mark, and then exit in a terrible lane. This is one of the rare times when it pays to slow down and let other boats move ahead. To...
Now that most of us in the Southern Hemisphere have completed our National championships, our attention must turn to analysing our results so that we can improve for next year's competition.   Some competitors will be more than satisfied with the end result but for most, now that they have competed on the same track with the best in their class,...
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. Over the next four weeks,...
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...
Often the difference between mid-fleet hackers and great sailors is simply the fact that champions pay attention to the little things. I have listed below, some of the things you need to pay attention to. I am sure you will be able to add many more but you catch my drift about how little things matter. Before the race: Have your clothing...
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...
    We all need upwind sailing tips and who better to tell us how other than Noel Drennan Noel is well known across the world in sailing circles and has done and achieved more than most sailors could ever dream of in their lifetime and therefore is imminently qualified to give us tips about how to get faster upwind. Classes he has...
Excerpts from an interview with highly accomplished Dinghy through to Maxi Yacht sailor and North Sails sailmaker Michael Coxon. What's the most important sail control and how does that vary from class to class? “The most important sail control for any boat is the sheet tension. Where the sheet tension will tend to control the twist of the sail and...

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