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Luffing Rights & Proper Course. Rule 17 of the Racing Rules of Sailing

The proper course rule probably confuses more sailors than any other rule. However, the basics are actually pretty straightforward. This article will start by explaining the basics and progress into an FAQ to help clarify the finer points.   The Basics The proper course rule (Rule 17) is effectively an addendum to Rule 11 (windward/ …

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Upwind Sailing Tactics

Upwind Sailing Tactics Tactics can be the difference between success and disaster when it comes to dinghy racing. And upwind sailing is where tactics come into play the most. But… before we start lets define the difference between tactics and strategy so we’re all clear. Strategy is your plan to get round the race course …

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How To Tack Well

Tacking is by far the most common maneuver sailors do, so it’s the most important one to get right. The key to tacking well is to use the sails and your body weight to do as much steering as possible, rather than using the rudder, which creates drag. Following the process below should help you …

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