Tips To Improve Your Upwind Helming Techniques In light air - steer to a higher luff telltale which will find you sailing a little lower, one of the biggest mistakes many helmsmen make in light airs is to pinch. It is important for the trimmer to use all the telltales both up the luff and on the leech to get the whole...
. Read Your Helm - The feel in your tiller or wheel indicates 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 helm you...
If you are looking for speed, your helm has the answers. The more you limit excessive helm or rudder drag, the faster you go and because of this, you need to evaluate what your helm is telling you. If you have an excessive helm, the driver is working against the boat's natural course. Each movement of the tiller is creating drag. elm...
Using a Race Compass - You win sailboat races by sailing faster and less distance than your opponents and to sail less distance, you must have a good feel for the angles. Many sailors develop this feel visually over time but not everyone retains this visual information. Compass as a Precise Tool A compass gives you a precise tool for the angles...
  Fine Tune Your Steering - Steering well is an art, and particularly steering well across a wide range of conditions is something that only the best have mastered through countless hours on the water. Steering Position - Fine Tune Your Steering It's important to have a steering position where you can see as much of the sails as possible and when...

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