You Can Win Without Natural Talent - 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...
With Special thanks to David Dellenbaugh of "Speed and Smarts" Newsletter - Keep a good record of notes about speed. 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...
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...
  Why We Should Practice Our Starts - Former Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie used to say that winning the 100 Metres was all about starting on the B of BANG. In a 10-second running race, every millisecond counts. We can't claim that those last few milliseconds aren't quite so crucial in sailboat racing, but they're still mighty important. Get a Jump...