Of course, there are some things you can do by yourself in areas such as boat preparation, sail shape and boat handling but it is almost impossible to improve your boatspeed very much by working alone. For you to make substantial progress on speed development you need to line up with two boats side by side. The best way to judge...
I recently re-read the following article by the late and great Paul Elvstrom and have reproduced it here because I believe that if we can internalise these points we will go a long way to overcoming our feelings of self-doubt and self-belief on the race track. "You must not believe that a fellow competitor is better than you. If he...
What are you good at, what are you bad at? Ever looked out at a mill-pond day and told yourself “I hate light airs” or seen it blowing dogs off chains and muttered nervously: “I’m rubbish in strong winds.” Maybe you’re just not talented enough, you tell yourself.  First, ask yourself:  What makes a great sailor? Talent or hard work? Probably...
With Special thanks to David Dellenbaugh of "Speed and Smarts" Newsletter Good boat speed is about consistency as much as anything else. Of course, almost any sailor would welcome a flash of super speed, even if it's short-lived. But that’s not what your goal should be. If you really want to improve your speed (and therefore your race results) in the long run,...
Start Before the Start Get to the racecourse at least 45 minutes before the first gun, once you arrive, there are four essential things you must do. Gather your wind readings Sail upwind and tweak sails and rig for speed, and figure out the wind pattern. The key is to watch the compass and determine a range of headings on each tack. If...