The Skipper's Cockpit Racing Guide is an at-a-glance reference for dinghy and yacht racers, covering everything they need to know to improve their performance - and win. From those in their first year of racing to old hands wondering why they're not winning, this guide covers an enormous amount of detail in a simple, easy to follow format. Topics are broken down into photo sequences, boxes, flowcharts, hints and tips, and cover: - setting your goals - assembling the right boat and gear - practising and tuning (straight line, tacking, gybing, rounding marks, doing penalties) - starting (plannin
Cover; Introduction and Goals; Goal setting; SMART; Getting the boat right; First steps; Finding the right boat; Getting the boat up to speed; Sorting the systems; Practising solo; Starting; Accelerating; Tacking; Gybing; Sailing round a course; Practising 720s; Check the rig set-up; The buddy system; Increasing speed upwind; Increasing speed downwind; Working with your buddy at a regatta; Going through the gears; Gears to windward; Gears downwind; Starting; Checking the start line; Getting a transit; Starting on a starboard-biased line; Starting mid-line on an unbiased line Starting on a port-biased lineThe beat - strategy; Tide or current; Where should you be on the course?; What about windshifts and wind bends?; One-sided beats; Finishing is an art; The beat - tactics; Meeting other boats mid-course; Meeting other boats at the windward mark; Defending your position against one rival or several; Two boats meeting near the windward mark; The reach - strategy and tactics; Strategy; Tactics; The run - strategy and tactics; Strategy; Tactics; Crewing; The crew's jobs during a race; How to make the boat go fast; Centreboard; Symmetric spinnakers Getting speed from the spinnakerHoisting; End-for-end gybing; Dip-pole gybing; Dropping; Tactics; Asymmetric spinnakers; Hoisting; Gybing; Lowering; The gybe drop; Tactics; Tides and currents; Tides; The effect of topography; Apparent wind; The start; The beat; The reach; The run; The finish; Wind strategies; Wind forecasting principles; Around the course; The racing rules; Lining up to start; Recovering from a bad start; At the windward mark; Rounding the windward mark to starboard; Approaching the gybe mark; At the leeward mark; At the finish; Troubleshooting; Contents; Copyright
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