Top Tips for Leeward Mark Perfection:
by Graham Curran, UK Sailmakers Ireland
We all know sailing fast in a straight line is very important. That is where, as sailmakers, our products shine and our technical background can be leveraged for your benefit. But races are won and lost at the corners.
You can be the fastest boat on the water but if your critical manoeuvres are not dialed in, then one bad hoist or drop could have your advantage erased immediately.
Let’s take a look at look at leeward mark rounding techniques and present some top tips for perfecting your manoeuvres. With that said; there is a lot going on at the leeward mark with a lot of elements in play, including conditions, spinnaker setup, boat siz…
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An inclusive plan to cast a wider net:
For decades, sailboat racing was pretty simple. You go out on the water, race around some buoys or to a different port, and come back to the dock. Sometimes there’d be a party afterwards. But participation in sailboat racing has generally been trending downward.
The fact is how the dominant variable for encouraging participation is event format, as long days of multiple windward leeward races have proven to be a failing format for the casual crowd. To address this trend, Chicago Yacht Club is offering a more inclusive plan to cast a wider net.
What if you offered a wide variety of races to different types of sailors? What if you combined sailing events with power boating eve…
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