Racing: A Beginner's Guide (Lifeboats) by John Caig

By John Caig

Step by step education for dinghy sailors who're able to begin racingThis publication assumes the reader can sail and now desires to race. It goals to take them via their first few seasons of racing, to the purpose the place they could win a membership race. This re-creation is in complete color and contains a new distinct part on utilizing the uneven spinnaker. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of one key component of crusing: ideas, the wind, strategies, spinnakers, etc.Practical step by step consultant to the major parts of racingFully illustrated with color diagrams and pictures to teach each one stepTakes the skipper and group via their first couple of season’s racingA digest of the major components of racing: principles, strategies, pace etc.Will aid readers to win their first membership race

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As a result the leaders gradually pull away, so a poor start can cost you the race. And the more boats in a race, the more important a good start is, and a good position at the first mark. WIND K L Although it is helpful to cross the startline within two or three seconds of the starting signal and with good speed, the essential thing is to be ahead of the other boats in the immediate vicinity. Also, if the startline is more than 25 metres (80 feet) long and not set squarely to the wind, your position on that line is very important.

If you sail a two-man boat and are lucky enough to have a regular crew, now is the time to work up some teamwork. Remember your crew is not a mind-reader. Only when you have practised and raced together a great deal will you be able to do things without a word. Explain what you intend to do before you do it so that you can both be ready to perform in unison. At first, practise by sailing around two marks lined up with the wind, doing lots of tacks on the beats and plenty of gybes on the runs. Work on your technique, and try to make it fast and fluent.

Luff boats to weather and attempt to create space to leeward so that you can bear off a little with about 15 seconds to go and hit the line at some speed. If you just sheet in with five seconds to go and everyone around you is moving they will leave you for dead. Judging how far you are behind the line is difficult in a large fleet: you need to keep up with the first rank of starters, yet not be so far forward that you will be spotted as a premature starter. Even when you can see both ends of the line it is difficult to judge whether you are on it or not unless you are near one end.

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