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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 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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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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What is Vmg

What is Vmg

Maximizing Vmg helps you win Vmg strands for Velocity Made Good. It is the component of your speed in the direction of the true wind. This is the number that you want to maximize to get to windward as fast as you can. There is also a

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Why Bother with Paddles

Why Bother with Paddles

Why not use GPS instead? Why bother with paddles? After all, why go to all the bother and expense of installing paddlewheels and a compass when you could just use a GPS. GPS provides the same information (not actually – keep reading) at a tenth the price

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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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How to Determine Shear

How to Determine Shear

Wind shear and gradient changes the way you trim your sails How to determine 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. Shear is best determined by tacking upwind in

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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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OckamSoft 5

OckamSoft 5

OckamSoft 5 is a modular software package that produces graphical displays, controls the instrument system, and provides connectivity via the internet for remote services. Overview OckamSoft 5 addresses modern color graphics and the confluence of Ethernet, WiFi and Internet technologies, and the multiple devices that can exploit

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