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Is the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick System Fair?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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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