Prepare to Race - On the morning of the race, you will check the local forecast again to see how the predicted weather has changed or whether it is behaving as has been forecast. Get Out On The Course Early Get on the course 60 minutes before the start and sail as much of the first beat as possible. Make mental...
With Special thanks to Mike Hobson – J Boats, Chesapeake USA. SAILING PRINCIPLES divided into Tactical and Philosophical. TACTICAL - SAILING PRINCIPLES divided into Tactical and Philosophical. Sail on the tack or gybe that points closer to the next mark. Sail in clean air. Sail toward, and in, the most wind pressure. Keep manoeuvres to a minimum. Form a game plan...
  This interview with Glenn Bourke to give us some insight into championship and regatta strategy. He will show us How to Approach a Regatta in Big or Small Fleets. Glenn is currently the CEO of the wildly successful Hamilton Island home of Hamilton Island race week. Not only is Glenn a successful businessman but he is a high-achieving competitive...
I have copied below excerpts from an interview that I did with sailing professional Sam Haines about race and regatta preparation. Currently Sam is racing in the Etchells and their team has a boat in Europe as well as Australia. Sam has a vast sailing background and is a qualified sailmaker, having worked in the industry for 19 years. He had...
Publicity for a sailing regatta. Sailing has always been tricky to get across to the spectator but now TackTracker can show every spectator what all the sailors know .... and more!   How To Watch Ashore   The spectator can be at the hosting clubhouse's bar or restaurant, at home, the office, down the road in a cafe or even on another continent.   Coaches,...
  Sailing Instructions Checklist - There are several things that you should check in the sailing instructions even if you don't get time to thoroughly read them which of course I recommend if you want to prepare properly for a race or regatta. The first is determining what penalty system is being used be it one or two turns, yellow flag or...
Sailing is a sport where changes and small things can make a big difference to your end results. Small Things Can Have a Major Impact in a Race Make all your lines as short as possible, this reduces weight and minimizes the number of tangles you'll get. Use a magic marker or piece of tape to mark important settings on...
Sailing Regatta Checklist - For those of us travelling interstate or overseas for National or World championships, you need a Sailing Regatta Checklist to help you get packed for the regatta. Good luck, go out there and sail fast and smart but above all have fun and learn heaps. Essential stuff □             Notice of race □             Sailing instructions □             Rulebook and class rules □             Appeals...
Pre-Race Routines to Ensure Race Day Success Pre-Race Routine Your pre-start routine shouldn't be set in concrete and needs to be fine-tuned. Take into account the conditions, your freshness and any glaring weaknesses. Work on these in the time available.  Ideally, a three or four-hour gap between waking up and starting a race works best. This gives you time to get ready,...
How To Prepare for Unstable Conditions Regattas generally bring with them diverse wind conditions. Crews need to be prepared to handle whatever the venue hands out.  Researching the most up-to-date forecasts, in combination with understanding the venue is absolutely critical in preparing for success on race day. It is great to speak to the locals about what to expect. By all...

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