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Dogleg start

Dogleg start

The Dogleg Start gets ahead of the crowd at the start When you start, so does everybody else. Because you’re trapped in the crowd, your tactical options are limited as well as your wind. The dogleg start technique lets you pop out of the crowd at the

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Sailing starting line

Sailing starting line

The Ockam Sailing Starting Line helps you start with an advantage The starting line page focuses on the starting line and boat when sailing before the race start, giving you your at-a-glance situation. Important features of the start page are; Current state of the wind (the “wind

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Sailing instruments win races

Sailing instruments win races

Sailing Instruments are more valuable than new sails Sailing instruments that provide true wind and current are an important advantage for racing; more valuable than new sails. Not having true wind and current means you race with your hands tied behind your back. For example; Detecting and

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Tack Score

Tack Score

Improve your tacking skills by knowing your tack score Tacking is a complicated process involving the whole crew. The difference between a good one and a bad one is hundreds of feet loss to weather, not including possible personnel or gear damage. The bottom line is the

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Wind Instruments improve Tacking

Wind Instruments improve Tacking

Wind instruments improve your chances to gain by tacking Tacking is complicated to do correctly, and there is a chance to gain from it. Wind instruments can improve your chance of success by helping you decide how likely you will gain. There are two kinds of tacks;

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Polars and Target Speeds

Polars and Target Speeds

Polars and target speeds tell you how fast you should be going 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 polars and target speeds of

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What are these 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 performance to judge how they are performing against the boat’s potential in

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Overstanding the Layline

About overstanding the layline This post is about how much you should overstand the layline on final. Basically you need to balance the loss due to overstanding with the possible loss due to tacking onto the layline too early and having to pinch, or worse, do a

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Make your own polar?

Make your own polar?

If I log and plot my boatspeed, why can’t I make my own polar? Issues Most of the time you aren’t performing optimally. Most of your logs include eating lunch and other stuff that pollutes the data. Note taking showing the good spots is very hard to

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NeoPolar

NeoPolar

NeoPolar ™ is the next generation of Polar functionality (What are Polars?). Polars are created by modeling your boat and sails and solving for the correct boatspeed versus true wind. In the 30 years since they were invented (at MIT), CFD modeling has come a long way.

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