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Downwind Cliff

Downwind Cliff

Caution!! Downwind Cliff Ahead You can fall off, but it only changes what you do. We’re talking about the 3 specific wind ranges when sailing downwind. Grab you polar and follow along. What we’re talking about are the three wind speed ranges where your boat’s downwind behavior

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The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour, is that important time between the dock start and the gun. Leave early enough to get in an hour of serious sailing before the start. Sailing out Organize. Head in the game. Throw some tacks to get everything working right. Confirm your assumptions about

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Kudos

Ockam Fellows Kudos – these people deserve mention for their achievements in sailing and with Ockam instruments. Mike Ruhland The yacht ‘Dolphin’ and its crew are folk heroes around the Great Lakes. Despite her 35 years, this one-off Mull 54 has finished in the money 11 out

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Determining Shear

Determining Shear

Wind shear is always present. Determining how much there is will improve sail trim and performance, and offer a clue about future wind shifts. Determining shear is best done by tacking upwind in full racing mode. Shear is half the sum of true wind angle on the

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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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Buying Ockams

Ockam Instruments are available through a variety of channels. Choosing the appropriate channel depends on the customer’s requirements. We are happy to sell directly to customers, either through our web store, or direct from the factory. However, direct sales are best suited to those who know exactly

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Sailing instruments evolution

Sailing instruments evolution

Advances in technology is creating a need for sailing instruments evolution. Technical advances Communications Ethernet and NMEA-2000 are now well established standard communications protocols, both being buses (multiple devices connected together that allows them to communicate to each other). Ethernet is the ‘big pipe’. It has lots

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Selecting graphical displays

Selecting graphical displays

Things to consider when selecting graphical displays Graphical displays provide a complete solution for determining your current situation at a glance (see Graphical Displays). There are many ways to display graphics, varying widely in features and cost. Smartphones and tablets These devices are inexpensive ($ hundreds), have

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Ockam System Essential

Ockam System Essential

Essential System – $6900 The Essential Ockam system provides the information you need to win. True wind direction and speed (Learn why). Real-time current (Learn why). Polar and target speed (Learn why). Marks, courses and laylines (Learn why). Crew training & tack analysis (Learn why). Core components

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T101 Processor

T101 Processor

T101 – The next generation of Ockam System processors The T101 processor provides integration of Ockam’s sailing solution with the next generation of sensors, networking and graphical display possibilities to provide a compact affordable solution for the needs of successful sailboat racing. At the core of this

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