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 beach and before every race, you need to develop a plan to deal with the anticipated activity...
 Step 1. Work on your weaknesses.  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 practice time sailing in...
You may already have noticed that, shortly before the Start, when the boats have lined up in the Start area, the wind is significantly weaker there, even if you are in the front row and have clear wind. The reason for this effect is the congestion that forms in front of the regatta field producing a not insignificant resistance to...
  The long tack is the one that points your bow closest to the mark and is 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 the mark.  When sailing the long tack first, you...
In memory of the great and eloquent Dr Walker who died on Monday aged 95. Luck, wrote longtime columnist Dr Stuart Walker (1923 – 2018), is fundamental, but a manageable element of every race. When Paul Elvström raced with Aage Birch for the Dragon Gold Cup at Marstrand, Sweden, in 1958, he decided that Sergio Sorrentino, of Italy, was the fastest...
IMPROVE YOUR RACING SKILLS Boatspeed requires a combination of sail trim, accurate helming, and good balance and trim. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? The problem is that settings for a particular wind speed in flat water won’t work in big waves, nor in light airs. Just like riding a bike you need to be able to change gear to suit the conditions. Acceleration gear...

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