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LogScanner Tacks

LogScanner Tacks

What LogScanner tells you about your tacks There are several things LogScanner can tell you about when you look at tacks. How much distance you lost to weather – the cost of tacking How much wind shear you are experiencing How good your wind solution is (your

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Approaching the Mark

Approaching the Mark

Be on starboard at the mark Approaching the mark on port means having to give way to everybody else on starboard. You have to turn 90 degrees further, which is very bad for boatspeed. Full speed at the mark Rounding a mark at less than full speed

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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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How to improve tacking

How to improve tacking

Tacking is an essential part of racing. Here is how to improve yours 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. Here’s

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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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Tack analysis

Tack analysis

Tack analysis provides a useful metric for crew training 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. Tacking is an important part

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SailPlan Crossover Chart

SailPlan Crossover Chart

SailPlan crossover chart is a live sail display that, in conjunction with instrument data and the current course, displays sail crossover information for the current and next leg. When a polar is included, apparent wind speed and angle, and target angles are also shown. Current wind conditions (the

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Sailing lateral separation

Sailing lateral separation

Lateral separation pumping leverages wind shifts into big gains when sailing When sailing lateral separation is crucial. Being “On the wrong side of the shift” means that if you are to the right of your competition and the wind shifts left (or vice-versa), you lose distance to

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Break-even tacking

Break-even tacking

Break-even tacking Everybody knows you should tack on a header. The problem is that tacking includes a penalty – distance lost to weather (DLw – see Tack Analysis). Your DLw first needs to be paid back before your tack is a gainer. And that depends on the

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