Downwind Communication

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Skip Dieball, July 2017 I’ve written many times about the best practices of sailing downwind and the related communication between Skipper, Trimmer and Spotter.  Here’s one of my articles:  http://www.sailingworld.com/skips-tips-downwind-communication   I can’t overstate the importance of constant speed/pressure dialog downwind.  Many of the gains that you recognize upwind can be double downwind, if you Read More …

Consider a Coach

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Have you considered a coach?   Most adult activities are complex. Look at tennis and golf…mastering these activities takes patience and practice. Both of these activities, too, offer coaching to help with the learning curve. In sailing, there are a number of avenues you can choose to get better. You can practice a lot, but Read More …

Upwind Performance

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Dinghy Upwind Performance, in the breeze Sailing any dinghy in breeze is a hand-full. For the Thistle, the boat is nimble, responsive and very lively. Because of this all maneuvers should be carefully calculated and communicated to the crew to ensure good teamwork, but more importantly to avoid disaster! Sailing the Thistle upwind is a Read More …