In the last race at the recent MC Train Wreck regatta, with winds gusting into the high 20’s, several sailors capsized and/or buried their bows in the waves. SailZing asked Zack Clayton and John Porter to discuss sailing downwind in…
Downwind Handling & Performance
Improve your downwind handling and performance. Learn about downwind sail trim, steering, balance, gybing, and sailing in waves.
Optimist Gybing Check out this video showing Optimist gybing, narrated by Shirley Robertson, double Olympic Gold Medalist. The links provide videos from other sources with additional tips. Key Steps Bear away gently and sheet in main Stand, move back foot…
Downwind Sailing Using Yarn Telltales This Aha! Insight from William Hendershot shows how he uses heavier yarn telltales downwind in light-medium wind to observe wind pressure changes and head up or down accordingly to maximize downwind progress. Thanks, Will! Downwind…
Narrated video about downwind sailing in a 470, including spinnaker hoist, skipper.crew roles, spinnaker trim, sailing low in the puffs, and gybing.