Bill Draheim is a multiple class national champion. Here he explains how he uses shroud telltales to quickly identify wind shifts, using an example from a practice session in which one sailor was slower to react to a lift.
Recognize Shifts Quickly with Shroud Telltales
Bill’s key point is that shroud telltales are better than luff telltales (on the jib or mainsail) for spotting shifts because:
- They react instantly. Luff telltales may get stuck, not be visible, or be disturbed by the mast.
- They tell you how big the shift is. Luff telltales may indicate a need for change, but won’t tell you how much.
- You can keep your focus on the water ahead. With luff telltales, you have to look at the sail.
Watch Bill discuss this on the Quantum Sails – North Texas Facebook page.
What About Puffs and Lulls?
When using your telltales, make sure you can distinguish between a shift and a puff or lull. What looks like a shift may just be the apparent wind change due to a puff or lull. For more in this, see our post Understanding Apparent Wind: Visual Resources.
StayTales are Great Shroud Telltales
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