Boat Handling

Top and Bottom Turns Tacks and Gybes Changing Gear Advice from Paul Goodison Any boat will probably be sailing fastest when using minimal corrective steerage (that is, when the rudder is not acting as a brake). Even in classes like the Laser where you do lots of turns downwind, if you can do this with minimal rudder movement (and a nice flat boat when sailing in a straight line) you will be quick. (If the boat is too heeled you end up using the rudder just to keep it in a straight line.) Even...

Advice from Joe Glanfield

If you are thinking about doing a proper campaign to a major national or world title, you need to do your finances as though you are running a small business. Have a financial plan and prioritise the things you really need. It is very easy to waste money just because you have it there. I have seen people get some money to travel who then attend every event in a hectic mess, when they would actually be far better settling and focusing on fewer events. Likewise people can waste money on equipment...

Downwind Tactics

Downwind, your tactics as the lead boat are usually heavily dictated by the boat behind you. Often it is simpler to try and keep your air clean and sail as fast as you can Where possible, encourage those boats around you to work with you to get away 7.3a When rounding marks avoid sailing through the fleet. 7.3a When rounding marks avoid sailing through the fleet. from the fleet. Try and avoid getting caught in silly luffing battles as you may end up sailing back to the windward mark , unless...