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...
Firstly, I would like to correct an error in last weeks Blog regarding using the compass to establish Line bias. Phil Crebbin, a UK 470 Olympian kindly pointed this out and has provided the correct method which is copied below in bold. Everybody knows that it is the wind direction vs the line direction that defines the bias of the...
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...
When sailing on a run, the key to success is locating better wind velocity, getting your boat into that pressure, and then staying in it as long as possible. Better pressure allows you to sail lower and faster than your fellow competitors meaning you will gain on those in front or move away from those behind. Keep your head out of...
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...
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 your boat the faster it will go. A common sight from dinghy to one design keelboats is...
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...
  Regardless of what a lot of sailors will tell you, it has been reported that up to 90% of sailors experience seasickness, whether it be mild or violent, at some time in their sailing career. Seasickness can be compared with a mild to massive hangover (only worse) and for some, the only relief comes when the boat reaches its destination. Unfortunately,...
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...

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