As the 2019 summer racing season gets underway, your SailZing editors have been gathering race experiences to help drive home concepts about boat speed, handling, strategy, and tactics. In the past two weeks, we found four examples of downwind strategy…
Downwind Strategy & Tactics
This category shows you how to make gains by focusing on downwind strategy and tactics.
Dave Dellenbaugh’s Speed and Smarts, Issue 130 (May/June 2014) has a very informative diagram showing how to use apparent wind clues to sail faster and smarter downwind. We present Dave’s diagram as a quiz, with his answers reprinted in the…
In winds up to 10 knots, the impact of shifts downwind is enormous… A boat working the shifts will gain 10% versus a boat that ignores the shifts. Bill Gladstone, Performance Racing Tactics Playing the shifts downwind is one part…