There are plenty of ways that a beginner can become a winner. There are an enormous number of ways that we can get better results out on the racecourse, not the least of which is time on the water. Unfortunately, time is not something that many of us have to spare in any great quantity. I have laid out below a...
    We all need upwind sailing tips and who better to tell us how other than Noel Drennan Noel is well known across the world in sailing circles and has done and achieved more than most sailors could ever dream of in their lifetime and therefore is imminently qualified to give us tips about how to get faster upwind. Classes he has...
      I have copied below a couple of awesome tips written by my good mate Dave Dellenbaugh, sailing legend, coach and author of the Speed and Smarts Newsletter. Winning Tips For Sailors Competing Over The Holiday Season I know you will find these tips very useful even if they are just to remind you of things that you already know but...
Tips For Races and Regatta Sailing - Watching the Olympic sailing, with the silky smooth boat handling and tactics it got me thinking about the basic things that the rest of us at all levels below the Olympians must have instinctively dialled in. In a multi-race series consistency is probably the big one but there are a number of other...
Copying The Champions In Your Fleet - To someone unfamiliar with our sport, two identical boats should sail at the same speed given equal crews, the same wind, and the same wave conditions. Small Changes Can Make a Huge Difference What an outsider may not realise is that small changes in identical equipment can make big differences in boat speed and...
This Week a bit of Fun - Top 20 Sailing Superstitions Because of the dangers faced by sailors and fishermen, there are countless superstitions around safety and luck on the sea. Some seem a little strange today. While most no longer apply, we're guessing that some still linger in sailors’ minds. 20. Re-naming a boatIt is bad luck to change the...
  Tips from Sailing Greats and legends. CORRECTION TO LAST WEEK'S BLOG. In my haste to send out my already late Blog, during the paring down to make the article short and easy to read I eliminated the essence of  "shifting Gears in a Lull" what should have been included follows in bold italics. Bearing off to restore luff telltale flow in a...
. We need to employ the best tactical foresight out on the racecourse for staying out of trouble. We must be observant otherwise we can still often get ourselves into a jam. To that end, I have outlined below some tips to enable you to dig your way out. Ducking a Competitor: The main reason that you have to duck is to...
. 5 Sailing Tips Tip 1: Stay Focused A lapse in concentration at a critical time in a race can cost you several places. This sounds obvious, it is impossible to give 100 per cent concentration all the time.  If sailing in a crewed boat don't let conversations wander away from the race. This is just as important for the time on the...
5 more Sailing Tips Tip 1: Don't line up on the Starboard Tack Layline too early Hitting the layline early means you will probably end up overstanding and the bigger the fleet the more damage you will do to your position. In many fleets it’s possible to make the mark if you tack on to port just underneath the boats that are overstanding...

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