With the burgeoning Sportboat fleets and modern yacht design favouring high aspect keels, maintaining flow over the foils has become increasingly important. To get a great start, line up slightly sprung sheets and hold your course until the boat is at full speed. Then gently steer up to close-hauled just before the gun goes. With a boat to leeward of you,...
Strategy and tactics are the key ingredients of your plan to ensure success and fun for the day's sailing event. 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, reacting to...
      I spoke to Matt Bugg on the subject of mental toughness and psychology in sailing. Matt is a man who has not let adversity stand in his way to achieve great things in our sport. After becoming a paraplegic in a snowboarding accident at 23, Matthew decided to try to reach the pinnacle of Para-sailing, first in Australia and then...
In the sport of sailing, there are plenty of myths and I have attempted to set out below some of the most common ones with the correct answers that debunk them. 1. MYTH - To determine the favoured end of the starting line, go to the middle of the line and point straight into the wind, the end of the...
Most sailors know that modern sails perform much like an aeroplane wing and that's the way sails work to windward. Because of the way that a sail is curved, and because of the angle of attack when trimmed properly, the air passing over the leeward side speeds up in comparison to the air passing over the windward side. It is the...