Part 2 of the interview that I did on the subject of weather and how it affects your sailing with Professional Sailor and International Sailing Coach Andrew Palfrey. Do you take notice of the clouds on the course and how do they affect your decision making? Yes, absolutely....
Because I am not a student of the weather but now knowing what I should have realised much earlier after speaking with a lot of high achieving competing sailors, that no race planning is complete without gathering as much information as possible prior to heading out to race. To that end, I have put together a 2 part...
The best sailors are those who understand the importance of solid boat handling skills as the foundation for performance. A question that we should always ask ourselves is, what would make the biggest difference to improve our performance on the water? The answers we give ourselves range from tactics and strategy, sail trim, navigation, better speed, and knowledge of the rules, to...
                              Where your equipment is the same as everyone else's, there are only two ways to beat your opponent - through superior physiology (your size, weight and fitness) or through superior psychology (just about everything else!). Psychology is perhaps one of the most neglected parts of...
You will have invested considerable time money and effort to enter and travel to a sailing event so it makes sense to invest some time into preparation involving well-planned practice hours leading up to the races. It never ceases to amaze me, how many competitors at events that I have attended have put in no extra effort other than their...
The traveller has two functions, it controls the boom's angle to the wind and it steers the boat controlling helm and heeling in puffs and lulls. The mainsheet controls the twist and then you use the traveller to position the boom on the centreline for maximum power and pointing as long as helm and heeling are within the parameters that...
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,...
Holding on to a lead can be as much about your mindset as it is your speed or tactics. Being at the front of the fleet is daunting, but to stay there its important to focus on the little things. The anticipation of losing the lead you’ve achieved can create a multitude of thoughts that are unrelated to sailing smart...
Sail away from shifts and toward better pressure. When you are racing upwind, the principal rule of thumb is to sail toward the next shift, on a run, however, you should sail away from the next shift because you are trying to make progress downwind, not upwind. By getting farther away from the direction of the next shift you will end...
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 book □             Charts of the...

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