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Sailing Polars

Sailing Polars

Sailing Polars define how fast your boat should go Performance sailing implies making the boat perform as well as it can. For sailboats this does not necessarily mean going fast, particularly upwind. There is no magic indicator that you are going upwind at the right angle –

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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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EyeApp mobile display

EyeApp mobile display

EyeApp; the portable wireless full color graphic racing display The EyeApp mobile display provides graphical sailing displays to any device anywhere that has a web browser. The available pages include most of the pages available on Race and Vysion. See Sailing graphical pages. EyeApp mobile display features

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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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Tactical sailing

Tactical sailing

Tactical sailing executes your strategy You should determine your Strategy (game plan) before the race begins to provide focus. During the race, tactical sailing is used to execute this game plan. Your strategy might change depending on what you discover during the race, but tactical sailing continues

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The Wally

The Wally

Gain from wind shifts without tacking The Wally is a technique for gaining advantage of wind shifts when you can’t or shouldn’t tack. When should you not tack? See Break-even Tacking. The Wally was invented in Fremantle where the wind shifts were regular, but too short to

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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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