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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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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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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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Importance of True Wind

Importance of True Wind

The importance of true wind in winning The importance of true wind cannot be understated. True Wind is the sailboat’s fuel supply. Of all the functions that an instrument system produces, true wind is the most important for performance, tactics and strategy during racing. Wind direction is

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Real world sailing

Real world sailing

Real world sailing has issues to be dealt with Real world sailing is complex. Leaving aside all the things that can go wrong with the boat and crew, the environment (wind, waves and current) and the tactical situation (where the marks and enemies are) could be subjects

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Measuring Wind, and Understanding Wind Shear

Measuring Wind, and Understanding Wind Shear

Understanding wind shear and gradient Wind shear… it’s that mysterious quality of the wind that can make or break your strategy in a race. Many people measuring wind refuse to believe in the existence of wind shear, never mind its effects on sail trim. Much has been

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Detecting wind shear with your eyes

Wind shear… it’s that mysterious quality of the wind that can make or break your strategy in a race. Many people refuse to believe in the existence of wind shear, never mind its effects on sail trim. Much has been written on wind shear, especially here at

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