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How to Shoot the Finish

How to Shoot the Finish

Shooting the finish gains you 3 boatlengths When you shoot the finish, you turning all your boatspeed into Vmg, thus crossing sooner than you otherwise would. This is not trivial; it can gain you about 3 boatlengths on the other guy. With a little practice, you can

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Tack Tracker

Tack Tracker

Tack Tracker records and reports your tack score The OS5 driver includes Tack Tracker which automatically save tacks as they are performed. These tacks can be used to improve your calibrations and tacking skills. See Tack Score. Controls The Length (min) control sets the minimum time a

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Strategic sailing

Strategic sailing

Strategy is your game plan The grand strategy to be “the best sailor at my club/world/universe” is psychology. Here, strategic sailing means what are the rules going to be for this race. Your strategy includes goals like; Win the race – duh! Beat some particular boat regardless

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How to Sail in Shifty Wind

How to Sail in Shifty Wind

How to Sail in Shifty Wind Wind shifts are annoying but they provide more opportunity for gain than anything else. Wind is never constant. This is not news to sailors, who are constantly dealing with shifting wind and wave to maximize performance. On this page, we’ll discuss wind

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What are Polars

What are Polars

Everybody talks about them, but what are they? What are Polars anyway? Ever hear someone talking about hitting their targets at the post-race party, and wonder why they were shooting at people? They’re not trying to shoot the competition, they’re just using polar plots of the boat’s

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Common myths

Common myths

Common myths In the sport of sailing, there are common myths that are “known to be true”. Unfortunately, some of them are wrong or inaccurate, and believing them can adversely affect performance. The reason for many of these myths is that there is no simple way to

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Wind Shear and Gradient

Wind Shear and Gradient

Wind has a third dimension Wind shear and gradient are universally existing natural phenomena caused in part by the earth’s boundary layer. They are differences in wind speed and direction that change with altitude. We define wind shear as a change in wind direction with altitude, and

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Lee Bow Effect

Lee Bow Effect

The “Lee bow effect”: How to think about True wind and current Most people think that when sailing in current there is a “lee bow effect”; current “striking” the leeward side helps while from the windward side hinders performance. There is also the theory that current “messes

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Importance of True Wind

Importance of True Wind

The importance of true wind in winning The importance of true wind cannot be understated. True Wind is the sailboat’s fuel supply. Of all the functions that an instrument system produces, true wind is the most important for performance, tactics and strategy during racing. Wind direction is

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Sailing Wind statistics

Sailing Wind statistics

Sailing Wind statistics let you know whether or not to tack on a shift Sailing Wind statistics provide information about shift size and length. Sometimes you have to tack, and sometimes you want to gain from a shift (see Tacking). When you tack, you lose distance to

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