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...
Key tactical tips on how to improve your sailing both upwind, downwind, and around the course. When sailing downwind, use your masthead wind indicator to show your apparent wind and look at your nearby competitor's indicator to see if they are shadowing you. If you lose distance after crossing tacks or gybes, have the courage to shift sides of the course. Always...
    Many racing sailors talk themselves out of first-place finishes. They convince themselves that they have poor boat speed or they tack out of a perfectly good spot on the course and blame it on a wind shift that they thought would come. There's always something external, beyond their control that seems to prevent them from collecting the silverware. The real reason that...
Excerpts from an interview I did with Dr Gavin Dagley, Consulting Psychologist and Executive coach with a reputation for results and performance development. Gavin is a very accomplished sailor having won amongst many other titles, the World Laser Grand Masters Championship sailed in Nuevo, Mexico in 2016. Brett: Do you think that it's psychology that defeats a sailor who can...
  To do this in Sailing, you need to have the experience to prioritise what you should be working on. You need the resources to travel to where the best competition is and to have the best possible equipment that you can afford. You must also be prepared to put in the extra training time necessary so that you are just a...
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...
  You are unlikely to win every race you enter but you can learn something new every time you go out on the water. For the champions of our sport, learning is one of the most rewarding aspects of competition. Race as many different boats and classes as possible. Different boats react differently concerning changes in sail trim, boat handling, and...
  Interview with Glenn Bourke to give us some insight into championship and regatta strategy. Glenn is currently the CEO of the wildly successful Hamilton Island home of Hamilton Island race week. Not only is Glenn a successful businessman but he is a high achieving competitive sailor with multiple Olympic, World and National championship successes to his name. Brett - Do...
Getting a great start in clear air can be the most important part of your race and knowing the favoured end and determining how much it is favoured will help you settle on your starting strategy. Some of the many considerations to ensure a great start are current, where other boats are congregating, the size of the fleet, wind speed...
Trying to luff someone going faster than you almost always ends badly because the faster boat’s momentum will take them around you and there is little that can be done to stop that. Momentum is also essential in the last 10 seconds before the gun goes, you need to have momentum on your side and be a little faster than...

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