Become a Student of The Weather - Part 2 of the interview that I did on the subject of weather and how it affects your sailing with Professional Sailor and International Sailing Coach Andrew Palfrey. Do you take notice of the clouds on the course and how...
What Happens if The Wind shifts in The Pre-Start? What should you be on the lookout for? In the last few minutes before the gun goes there is plenty happening. You must be observant of what is going on up the course as well as finding a spot on the line to accommodate you and your plan. Keep an eye on...
UPWIND When you see a puff approaching: First off, even if it's not your job to call puffs, it's always good practice to run through the motions in your head; it'll help you stay sharp the next time puff calling is your job. When you see a line of breeze rolling down the course, there are four important pieces of information. Mention...
All racing sailors must Understand The Elements And Plan Accordingly. As a competing sailor, we must study the weather when planning to race and must know as much as we can about the wind, clouds, rain, currents and water temperature as is possible.  This knowledge can have a big effect on the outcome of a race and I must mention that...
Become a Student of the Weather. Because I am not a student of the weather but now know what I should have realised much earlier after speaking with a lot of high achieving competing sailors, that no race planning is complete without gathering as much information as possible prior to heading out to race. To that end, I...
If you want to sail better in light winds you need to master the four things which are listed below. Attitude:  is the biggest hurdle to overcome, you should not fear light air just because you have sucked at it in the past. Relish the opportunity to sail against light air specialists, those that have thrashed you in the past, and treat...
  In all sailboat races, you must sail toward better pressure as more wind velocity almost always means more speed. More Sailing Wind Velocity makes a marked difference to boats' relative speed around the course. Darker Water Usually Means More Wind On the course look for darker water as changes in wind velocity are a lot easier to see than changes in...
Firstly you must understand what current is, how it acts on your boat and its effect on wind speed and direction. How to Understand The Effects of Current Currents are driven by three main factors: The rise and fall of the tides. Tides create a current in the oceans, which are strongest near the shore, and in bays and estuaries along...
Looking for visual clues for reading the wind is a talent that all the most skilled sailors have in abundance. One of the first things a new sailor is taught is that sailing revolves around the wind. The thing that they must study and become skilled at is knowing the direction of the wind and its strength. This information is the...
Know When The Wind Is Oscillating. Oscillating shifts are the most common type of wind pattern, so if you’re not sure what the wind is doing assume it is oscillating until you discover otherwise. It’s very important to figure out whether the wind shifts will be oscillating or persistent, but this is not always easy todo. There are some visual...

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