the Coaches all around the world preach If You Sail Your Boat Flat You Will Be Fast This article was written by super coach ADRIAN FINGLAS during his time as Head Coach at Royal Brighton Yacht Club. We have all heard the old saying flat is fast, once the boat is powered up and sailing upwind the flatter you can sail...
To make the helmsman look great on your boat, they need good information and feedback, so who should provide it? It probably sounds a bit crazy but believe it or not, everyone on the boat has a part to play. At the end of the day, when you have had a great result the helmsman gets the glory but without...
If you find you have had or are about to have a bad start, there are multiple different ways to recover. I have outlined a couple of my favourite ways to recover from a bad start below. Stay Where You Are And Foot Off - If you worked out that the left side of the course is where you want...
Copied from an article written by Brad Walker - https://www.stretchcoach.com   Regardless of the size of the boat, sailing will require all the upper body strength you can muster. Your upper torso, including your shoulders, arms and abdominal muscles will play a major role in operating a sailboat. The main muscles in play are the rhomboids, trapezius and rotator cuff in the shoulders, and the deltoids of the upper arms. The biceps and triceps provide the...
Your pre-start routine shouldn't be set in concrete and needs to be fine-tuned according to the conditions, your freshness and any glaring weaknesses that you can work on in the time available.  Ideally, a three or four-hour gap between waking up and starting a race works best to make sure there‚Äôs time to get ready, feed, hydrate and switch on.  Vary...
Twist, is the relative trim of your sail from top to bottom. Your sail has a lot of twist when the top of the leech is open and when you have a closed leech, this is described as little twist. The effect of an increase in twist is a reduction of power and reducing twist adds power up to...
To sail fast in waves and chop you need speed which means powered-up sails and footing off in the worst bits. As you hit each wave it slows you down and sailing well in waves requires determination, concentration and the correct technique. When sailing in chop, acceleration mode is the only mode and speed breeds speed. The faster you go the...
Depending on the boat you sail, the boom vang will be one of the most important controls to determine the twist of your mainsail.  As we go from sailing upwind to across the wind and then downwind, the difference in mainsheet tension will determine how much the boom will try to lift as you ease the sheet and this is...
Sailing is a sport where changes and small things can make a big difference to your end results. Make all your lines as short as possible, this reduces weight and minimizes the number of tangles you'll get. Use a magic marker or piece of tape to mark important settings on each sheet. Minimize twists in the spinnaker halyard tail by tying...
  https://youtu.be/hOoc-xrvqZs  You don't need any special hardware to do live tracking. Use your smartphone with the TackTracker app for iPhone or Android and instantly create a live race or training session.  Discover how utilising TackTrackers GPS tracking system gives you the exact steps to work out how and where to improve your boat speed and tactics without breaking the bank. Replay your...

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