Become a Student of The Weather - Part 2 of the interview that I did on the subject of weather and how it affects your sailing with Professional Sailor and International Sailing Coach Andrew Palfrey. Do you take notice of the clouds on the course and how...
Become a Student of the Weather. Because I am not a student of the weather but now know what I should have realised much earlier after speaking with a lot of high achieving competing sailors, that no race planning is complete without gathering as much information as possible prior to heading out to race. To that end, I...
Recognising, Evaluating and Calling Puffs. Looking at the water on light air days with little cloud cover, it's easier to see a puff approaching because the extra wind causes the surface of the water to ripple and change to a darker colour plus it will be moving away from the source which will tell you whether it's an approaching...
Know When The Wind Is Oscillating. Oscillating shifts are the most common type of wind pattern, so if you’re not sure what the wind is doing assume it is oscillating until you discover otherwise. It’s very important to figure out whether the wind shifts will be oscillating or persistent, but this is not always easy todo. There are some visual...
UPWIND When you see a puff approaching: First off, even if it's not your job to call puffs, it's always good practice to run through the motions in your head; it'll help you stay sharp the next time puff calling is your job. When you see a line of breeze rolling down the course, there are four important pieces of information. Mention...




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