Both Strategy and Tactics are important
Strategy and tactics are the key ingredients of your plan to ensure success and fun for the day's sailing event. What is Strategy?  A definition of strategy is having a plan for how you would like to sail a race if there were no other boats on the course. Tactics are being able to adapt quickly to changing situations, that is,...
Racing in Big Fleets With national championships and annual long-distance races fast approaching, we need to turn our minds to sailing in bigger fleets than we have been racing in all year. Racing in big fleets requires a number of different disciplines to think about and master. In general, you can take more risks in a small fleet and if you...
 Step 1. Work on your weaknesses. Steps to Winning a Regatta  We all have different strengths and weaknesses, for some, it is light air and flat water,  for others they are faster in a big breeze and boisterous seas. It is fun to practice in your favourite conditions but you need to get out of your comfort zone and spend more...
To Improve - Get Back To Basics. The best sailors are those who understand the importance of solid boat handling skills as the foundation for performance. What Can Improve Our Performance on The Water A question that we should always ask ourselves is, what would make the biggest difference to improve our performance on the water? The answers we give ourselves range...
   I and most sailors continue to struggle with how to choose the best side of the course. Fortunately, it is not Voodoo and an article I located written by hugely accomplished yachtsman, Gary Jobson from Annapolis in the USA goes a long way to demystify this essential planning aspect of any race. I have copied Gary's advice below. Sailors tend to stay...
Anticipation in Sailing Races - In every sailing race, to enhance your chance of success you must keep a constant watch ahead and around the course to see what's coming and have a plan on how to deal with it before you get there. Before You Leave The BeachBefore you leave the beach and before every race, you need to...
Avoid Sailing Mistakes - 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...
Excerpt from “Speed and Smarts” Newsletter issue 131 -               David Dellenbaugh Almost every sailor realizes the importance of making a strategic plan for the first leg before they start the race but how many of those sailors also develop a strategy for every other leg in the race? It’s tough to make a game plan...
Windward mark layline mistakes, unfortunately, are very common and can be extremely costly. Laylines & Getting Them Right. One of the most common things that sailors get wrong is getting to the layline too early. If you get to the layline too early, you can no longer play the shifts and you also lose tactical options. More often than not it is...
  Why Sailing the Long Tack First is a Winning Move The long tack is the one that points your bow closest to the mark. Its the one you spend the longest time on when heading upwind to the weather mark. The long tack takes you towards the centre of the course and the centre of the course is directly downwind of...

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