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...
With national championships and annual long-distance races fast approaching, we need to turn our minds to sailing in bigger fleets than we have been racing in all year. Racing in big fleets requires a number of different disciplines to think about and master. In general, you can take more risks in a small fleet and if you make a mistake...
Regattas generally bring with them diverse wind conditions, so crews need to be prepared to handle whatever the venue hands out.  Researching the most up-to-date forecasts, in combination with understanding the venue is absolutely critical in preparing for success on race day. Although it is great to speak to the locals about what to expect and by all means take...
Looking at the water on light air days with little cloud cover, it's easier to see a puff approaching because the extra wind causes the surface of the water to ripple and change to a darker colour plus it will be moving away from the source which will tell you whether it's an approaching lift or knock. It's always a...
On a single-handed boat you steer, trim sails, watch the instruments, read the compass, track the fleet, call the tactics and attend to a myriad of other responsibilities to get you around the course as fast as possible. When there is two or more crew on a boat it is important that each sailor's roles and responsibilities are clearly defined...
The concept of going fast-forward in a lift, or pinching in a header, has been around forever. When to Sail Low and Fast Going fast-forward or making a bearing gain is a great weapon to have in your tactical arsenal, bearing gain is when making trees on your competition.  To gain bearing you need two things: A boat that is capable of...
If you want to improve your results and strive to get to the next level you need to dedicate many hours to the sport, even if you can’t sail every day, making a commitment to sailing as often as possible and in as many conditions as possible is the key. Play to your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. It is...
Sailors, regardless of their respective age and skill level, are always looking for that edge over their competition and a simple investment of time setting sailing goals could lead you to a guaranteed, measurable improvement of your performance on the racecourse. Many of us don’t set goals for our sailing because this is our recreation time and setting goals make...
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...

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