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...
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...
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. A compass gives you a precise tool for the angles and there are dramatic gains and losses due to...
  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. It's important to have a steering position where you can see as much of the sails as possible and when sailing upwind you need to have your head as far outboard...

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