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Ben Ainslie’s Downwind Speed Tips [For Laser/ ILCA Sailors]

In this extract from Ben Ainslie's Laser Campaign Manual on downwind speed he gives his top tips for getting the best out of your laser/ ILCA whilst running. Though written for ILCAs there's lots...
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Quick Tip: Paul Goodison’s advice for improving Boat Handling

Want to improve your boat handling? Here's a quick tip from Paul Goodison. Olympic Gold Medalist in the Laser dinghy (or should I say ILCA)? Over to you Paul... "Boat handling is the one area where everybody...
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470 Gold Medalist Saskia Clark Reveals Her Boat Speed Tips For Crews

This article on boat speed is an extract from Crewing to Win by Saskia Clark (MBE). She's competed in 3 Olympics, winning both a Gold and a Silver medal (alongside her helm Hannah Mills)....
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Where To Look When Racing: From Helming To Win by Nick Craig

This is an excerpt from Helming To Win by Nick Craig. Nick is the ‘Champion of Champions’, having won the Endeavour Trophy six times. He has also won 35 National Championships, 5 European Championships...
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Lee-Bow or Duck? Plus 5 Upwind Sailing Tactics from World Champion Nick Craig

This post on upwind sailing tactics is an excerpt from Tactics To Win by Nick Craig. Nick is the ‘Champion of Champions’, having won the Endeavour Trophy six times. He has also won 35...
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Covering: When & How To Use Defensive Sailing Tactics

This article on covering is an excerpt from Tactics To Win by Nick Craig. Nick is the ‘Champion of Champions’, having won the Endeavour Trophy six times. He has also won 35 National Championships,...
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Is the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick System Fair?

All handicap racers know the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick system's imperfections. But is it the best we've got? In this post, I look at the system's pros and cons and try to answer the question,...
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What is the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) System? Handicap Sailing Results

What is the Portsmouth Yardstick system? The Portsmouth Yardstick system is a formula that facilitates fair racing between dinghies of different speeds. Using the Portsmouth Yardstick formula the race finish times can be adjusted to...
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Sailing Conservatively: Strategical Positioning On The Beat

Sailing conservatively may sound boring but it has a big effect on your race results. I find strategical positioning on the beat fascinating. It's like chess on the water. http://youtu.be/xv3g_RV3XRM Sailing conservatively requires positioning your boat...
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7 Ways to Predict Wind Shifts

If you can predict which way the wind will shift you will have a big advantage out on the racecourse. Getting wind shifts right can make you look like a genius. However, the signs...

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