By John Caig

Step by step education for dinghy sailors who're able to commence racingThis ebook 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 particular part on utilizing the uneven spinnaker. each one bankruptcy makes a speciality of one key portion of crusing: ideas, the wind, strategies, spinnakers, etc.Practical step by step consultant to the foremost components of racingFully illustrated with color diagrams and pictures to teach every one stepTakes the skipper and team via their first couple of season’s racingA digest of the most important parts of racing: ideas, strategies, pace etc.Will aid readers to win their first membership race

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Practise strategy: a crowded startline is no place to learn! 32 Boat Preparation and Equipment ou will by now have discovered that not everything on your boat works one hundred percent. Little niggling things that you are prepared to put up with when cruising become major problems when you’re in a race: jamb cleats that don’t, a rudder that unexpectedly come up half way down the reach, and a mainsheet that don’t run smoothly. Y Once you become at all serious about racing you must also take boat preparation seriously.

CE CLR This boat is will have lee helm, which is deadly. 37 RACING A BEGINNER’S GUIDE you can achieve, up to a point, by increasing the rake of the mast. Conversely too much weather helm, which needs a larger rudder deflection to hold the boat straight and has a slowing effect, can be remedied by moving the mast more upright. You will notice when sailing that too much heel results in excessive weather helm, so always sail the boat as near upright as you can. Sideways lean When you have the boat chocked and are checking the mast rake, make sure that the mast isn’t leaning over sideways.

Always keep the boat flat so that its planing surface is horizontal. Sit out hard, bearing off at the same time if 28 This 420 is reaching straight for the buoy, although the sightline through the forestay suggests otherwise. HELMING AND CREWING SKILLS the boat begins to heel. Only in very light weather is a little heel permissible to reduce wetted area and keep the sails full. The centreboard should be about half up. This reduces wetted area and also reduces weather helm, while still countering the sideforces.

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