. 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...
Question: The wind has just shifted left so it has headed all boats around you on starboard tack - Should you keep sailing into the header, or take the instantaneous gain and tack?  As always with sailing, the perfect answer begins with ‘It depends’ Possible scenarios for you to consider: The wind has headed, but you are still certain there is more wind...
                          When racing around a set or fixed marks course, a competitive sailor uses the compass to plan and then implement their race strategy. If you are sailing in a crewed boat, one crew member should be responsible to watch the compass to establish what the wind is doing and...
Having a tuning partner is one of the best ways to get value from your on-water practice sessions but in these times of no racing, fewer boats out sailing and social distancing, keeping your skills sharp probably means solo training. Before you head out, it's important to have a plan but it is just as important to have a debrief...
  If you are like me, you have been spending time away from the boat getting all things computer and home office up to date and in order, especially those jobs that have been carried forward in your diary for what seems like years.  While this has been great, one downside of all this "office" work has been the gradual decline...
Starting is one of the most complex aspects of a boat race with many moving parts, sail trim, team communication, competitors attack and defence moves and the overall strategic view. All aspects have to flow and come together all at the one time on the go Signal. Many teams spend huge hours working on perfecting crew work and purchasing the...
In this day and age of mainly windward and return races, the art, and skill of sailing a reach is becoming a distant memory for many of us with symmetrical spinnaker boats. Please note though, that a lot of the tips below are also relevant to two sailed and single-sail boats as well. If you do get a reaching course or...
As sailors we put an enormous amount of thought into the start, and so we should, and next, we talk a lot about upwind speed and observing and playing the shifts but planning and thought seems to go out the window when considering rounding the windward mark and transitioning to the downwind leg. Having a clean windward mark rounding can...
          Perhaps the most important skill that separates the best sailors from the rest of the fleet is their ability to see the wind. The reason that this is critical is that it enables them to consistently get to the windier side of the course and thus sail faster than their competition.  Obviously, no one can actually see the wind but there are...
An excerpt below from an interview that I did on the subject of Current and How to Plan for it with Professional Sailor and International Sailing Coach Andrew Palfrey. It’s important to know what the tide is doing, what observations do you make on the course in assisting you to know where to go? Ideally, you have pre-gamed the strategy...

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