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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...

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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Reading the Wind on the Water when Sailing

This is a comprehensive guide to reading the wind on the water. It will cover the basics but also include more advanced tips.   “A proactive sailor will beat a reactive sailor" The mark of a good...
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Sailing Wind Shifts – Lifts & Headers

Wind shifts. Some sailors hate them, some love them. They can be the cause of unbelievable gains and embarrassing losses out on the racecourse. They make a huge difference to our results but aren’t taught...
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9 Top Tips For Wind Shift Strategy

Here are some rules I use to help me respond to wind shifts. Below you'll see a list of the tips. I'll explain each one by one below that. Fair warning, this is a...

Sailing Hikers Comparison. Reviewing Rooster/ Sandiline/ Magic Marine & More

In this video, we compare dinghy sailing hikers from the top brands including Magic Marine, Gul, Gill, Sandiline & Rooster. We also cover what to look for when choosing hikers. Watch to the end for my...

Gybe or Jibe? Where did the term originate?

As if sailing terminology wasn't hard enough sailors can't even agree to a universal spelling of the second most common sailing maneuver. Is it gybe or jibe (sometimes misspelled as "jive")? There is no...

What Is The Fastest Point Of Sail?

Traditional wisdom has it that the beam reach is the fastest point of sail. But is this correct, and if so, why?   On a beam reach the hull travels at 90 degrees (perpendicular) to the...

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