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...
Preparing For A Big Event - It's the time of the year when many classes and clubs have their State, National and World Championships. Quite often travel to events both locally and Internationally adds a layer of difficulty. Preparing a packing list is an important part of being ready to race. In every case, preparation is one of the key...
  Fine Tune Your Steering - Steering well is an art, and particularly steering well across a wide range of conditions is something that only the best have mastered through countless hours on the water. Steering Position - Fine Tune Your Steering It's important to have a steering position where you can see as much of the sails as possible and when...
Strive To Be Lucky - In memory of the great and eloquent Dr Walker who died on Monday aged 95. Dr Stuart Walker Luck, wrote longtime columnist Dr Stuart Walker (1923 – 2018), is fundamental, but a manageable element of every race. When Paul Elvström raced with Aage Birch for the Dragon Gold Cup at Marstrand, Sweden, in 1958, he decided that...
  Hailing for Mark Room is Not Required when one boat has rights at a mark. Rule 18 Rule 18 (Mark-Room) begins to apply between two boats when the first one enters the zone at a mark.  The rule says the outside or clear astern boat must provide mark-room. Note that rule 18 never requires an inside or clear ahead boat to make...