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. Tip 1: Be Consistent Always try...
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,...
Published on FEB, 2018 2004 Olympian Carol Cronin reviews how the balance of ego and communication contributes to the functioning of a successful team. At a recent Snipe regatta, Kim Couranz and I counted up the number of lines we each control. Her total? Sixteen (eight on port tack, eight on starboard). My total? One. Giving Kim all the controls except the mainsheet...
In sailboat racing, change is continuous, you have puffs, lulls, lifts, headers, bad air, waves, tacks and so on. It's rare that you can set the boat up and sail for too long without changing something, to go fast you must constantly adjust the trim of your boat and sails. We actually use many different settings to cover the full...
    I have copied below, excerpts from an interview with Mike Holt, multiple 505 world champion who is renowned for getting awesome starts and having an uncanny knack of digging himself out if things go wrong during or just after a start. Describe your overall start strategy For me, whether it is a line or gate start I am focused on ensuring...
We all know what happens when a train comes toward us at full speed with its horn blowing, at first the sound is very high pitched, but it drops quickly as the train passes by and becomes quite low-pitched while the train speeds away. The reason for this is what's called the Doppler effect. The sound waves in front of...
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...
This is probably the most asked question in yacht racing, going fast is super important but it is no good being the fastest boat out there if you are going fast the wrong way. That’s why, no matter how fast you are, you must consider whether you want to go left or right. When racing, we must employ strategy and strategy...
I have summarised below some of the nuggets that I read in Michael Blackburn's excellent book "Sail Fitter" and I highly recommend that if you are serious about getting faster on the race track your fitness is one of the major factors that will influence your results. Michael's book is full of excellent advice and training tips from a qualified...
  Although light air sailing is far from most sailors' favourite conditions, it does provide the greatest number of opportunities to make the biggest gains. A well-sailed boat can develop a great speed advantage and at times it can go literally twice as fast as its competitors – so it is not unusual to see the largest race-winning leads developed in...

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