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Every racing sailor has to make strategic decisions. Many factors can be foreseen, others cannot. Be prepared, have a strategy and have a backup plan when things change. And always expect the unexpected.

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Starting Strategy

Starting Strategy – how to sail an excellent start 1. What is an excellent start? The start is the most crucial part of a sailboat race. Although a race cannot be won at the start it definitively can be lost.…
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Racing Rules of Sailing Upwind

Racing Rules of Sailing

What are the Racing Rules of Sailing? The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are updated and published by World Sailing every four years. The latest version of the Racing Rules of Sailing is 2017-2020. They are the foundation for all…
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Racing in Big Fleets

What’s most important when racing in big fleets? Racing in big fleets is quite different to sailing in small fleets. In general you can take higher risks in small fleets as you won’t lose as many boats. There will be…
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weather basics

Weather Basics for a Sailboat Racer

Weather Basics A very important part of prerace planning is figuring out the wind, its direction and strength – short the weather basics. In sailboat racing knowing which way and how strong the wind blows is like knowing the numbers…
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two boat tuning-SAILUCATION; how to line up when you do two-boat-tuning for improving your boat speed

Upwind Strategy – Left or right?

Definition of Strategy Strategy is our racing plan based on wind direction, wind shifts, wind strength and current – strategy focuses on the big picture. Tactics are techniques we use for positioning and control of other boats or groups of boats.…
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Sailucation Venue Analysis

SAILUCATION Venue Analysis

Why is structure so important? Sailing is such a complex sport. Therefore it is very easy to forget certain things – especially on a racing day of a major competition. I am always a little bit nervous and try to make…
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sea breeze effect

The Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze Effect The sea breeze is an onshore thermal wind. It is generated when the air over land is warmed, expands and rises, then flows out seawards, cools and moves downwards again and replaces the air that starts to…
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Sail better

5 tipps to just sail better Just sail better! Doesn’t this sound easy? In the previous blog posts you could already read a lot about certain topics around the boat, how to improve boat speed, tactics and so on. But how could…
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