Effects of Headstay Sag Headstay sag affects everything from boat speed to pointing ability and that's why headstay sag matters. Sailboats with headstay sag often point higher and maintain boatspeed better in light-air conditions. One of the key methods to power up a sail is to induce sag in the forestay. Dinghies obviously only have one jib and many sailboat classes limit...
On reaches and runs it is essential that the helmsman and trimmer communicate and co-ordinate their actions. As the helmsman, you must also respond to input from the tactician and changing sailing conditions plus the trimmer’s input based on sheet load and boat speed. The problem here is that there may be conflicting voices advising the steerer thus unsettling his...
  In all sailboat races, you must sail toward better pressure as more wind velocity almost always means more speed.  On the course look for darker water as changes in wind velocity are a lot easier to see than changes in direction. More wind creates more ripples on the water, and these appear darker because of how they reflect light. Be careful though...
  MYTHS REGARDING CURRENT ACROSS THE COURSE MYTH - Your apparent wind will be different on each tack. Since you sail faster over the bottom on the down current tack, you’ll feel more wind on that tack and this will affect sail trim and speed. TRUTH - The apparent wind on both tacks is affected equally by the current, so you will feel...
      Because of the dangers faced by sailors and fishermen, there are countless superstitions around safety and luck on the sea. Some seem a little strange today. While most no longer apply, we're guessing that some still linger in sailors’ minds. 20. Re-naming a boatIt is bad luck to change the name of the boat. If you do, you must have...
An important ingredient to winning a yacht race is to make fewer mistakes than your fellow competitors. Because of sailing's complexities, even the best sailors will make mistakes but it is the avoidance of the major ones that are the most telling, minor mistakes will make a difference but should not be sweated over. I have listed below things that...
What you feel in your tiller or wheel gives you an indication as to what is right or wrong with your sails and the balance of the boat. What the helmsman feels is dictated by sail trim, centreboard position, mast rake, heel and crew weight placement. With excessive helm, the steerer is working against the boats natural course. By eliminating excessive...
  Most people sail to enjoy it and reach a level of fitness that allows them to race each weekend.                                                                       On the other hand, if you are...
CORRECTION TO LAST WEEKS BLOG. In my haste to send out my already late Blog, during the paring down to make the article short and easy to read I eliminated the essence of  "shifting Gears in a Lull" what should have been included follows in bold italics. Bearing off to restore luff telltale flow in a lull is a bad habit....
Shifting gears on your boat requires knowledge of your boat, the conditions, and plenty of practice. Gear changing is what separates those with adequate boat-speed from those who always seem to be higher and faster. Many in your fleet start a race with a similar setup using a tuning guide or by following class accepted principles but the faster boats...

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