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’s 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 so the faster you...
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...
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 the end to a fixed point. All your halyards, especially the main, will stretch, so you...
  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...
Article collated from excerpts of an article authored by Colin Gowland - International Sailing Academy https://internationalsailingacademy.com/   Many sailors have poor gust response and in gusts, there is a tendency to “fight” the boat with hiking and often too much steering to control power. In keelboats, we often see the boat heeling too much, the helmsman pinching and employing corrective steers which...
We all love to race but racing is sometimes a slow way to learn how to make your boat faster. Two boat training is one of the best ways to get rapid on water improvement but importantly, the training must be structured to get the quickest results.  I have set out below, some elements that will guarantee a successful on-water experience. Decide...
Having a good knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) will help you avoid infringements but unexpected incidents on the racecourse can happen and will jeopardise your results thus you will need to take decisive action. When to take a penalty - When another boat protests, you have to make an instant decision whether to take a penalty...
Most racers believe that they must always start at the favoured end but the favoured end is the crowded end and the crowded end is where most of the bad starts happen. Inshore races nearly always have oscillating winds shifting back and forth and if the starting line is set anywhere close to square to the mean wind direction then...

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