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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...
sailing wind shifts

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...
Gate or rabbit starts

Rabbit Starts: The Complete Guide

Rabbit starts, also known as gate starts, are an alternative to the traditional sailboat start. Though rarely used these days they are sometimes used in large events (so if that’s your scene read on)....
Sailing scoring abbreviations

Sailing Scoring Abbreviations

The Racing Rules of Sailing scoring abbreviations can be found in Appendix A 10. In the RRS 2021 -2024 update, World Sailing added the NSC scoring abbreviation. Let's face it. Letters next to our name on...
Changes to Racing Rules of Sailing 2021

Changes to Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 – 2024

There have been several important changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-24. This post will go through them one by one and discuss the consequences out on the water.   Traditionally the RRS (Racing...

Sailing Race Starts: How To Work Out The Best End Of The Line To...

Despite a race officer’s best effort there is usually one end of the start line that is advantaged over the other. The longer the line the greater this advantage will be. There are 3 main...

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