2 Best Tips to sail fast

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  1. gouvernail

    gouvernail Active Member

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    Make it pretty
    When in doubt, let it out.

    if I had three:
    tiller toward trouble


    "Pretty" should be constantly redefined and modified accordingly.

    Yes. Sailing really is that simple!!
     
  2. Betes176218

    Betes176218 New Member

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    Tips From A Light Air Sailor:

    1. In real light air, keep the boat heeled slightly. It keeps shape in the sail, as well as the boom out of your face.
    2. Steer as little as possible and just CHILL! I sail in light light air all the time and the boat will always move faster when you are calm. Still is fast.

    P.S. Heavy air is a whole lot more funner, though!
     
  3. maljam

    maljam New Member

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    I hate to say it... but I did exactly this on Saturday! D'oh! I was so embarrased! Oh well... live and learn :)
     
  4. RJ Graef

    RJ Graef New Member

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    1. Remember laser center boards don't kick up.

    2. When sailing on lake eire watch out for dead fish.

    3. Screaming reaches in to a pontoon boat is not a good start
     
  5. crazysailor

    crazysailor New Member

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    Here are my 2
    1) Read/ Memorize The Complete Book of Laser Sailing
    2) Practice, Practice, Practice!!!!
     
  6. bel120343

    bel120343 New Member

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    1) the sail is supossed to be facing te sky, not under water ;)

    no, here are my 2
    1)Use the vang upwind, as it depowers the rig when its to windy
    2)the boat sails the fastest when flat, so don't sail block to block, cause when the boat is not flat, you hit the brakes.
     
  7. cbyc_radial_sailor

    cbyc_radial_sailor New Member

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    OOOOOHHHHH OOOOOHHHH I got some!

    1) do not capsize... being 85 lbs i try to be careful with stuff
    2) go with the flow.... being one of the best sailors at my yacht club, I have seen too many people with a death grip. Sailing is fun, so we should just chill.
     
  8. blawson1

    blawson1 New Member

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    I only have one rule for new sailors:

    Sitting indian-style is only appropriate for Willie Nelson or, well, Native Americans; Do not sail a race like this! It has been done and is not fast, despite superior comfort and style (all the cool college sailors are doing it).
     
  9. Mojo

    Mojo New Member

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sarah B [​IMG]
    1. Don't forget that to thread the mainsheet through the loop half way along the boom - yes you know you rigged in a hurry, but decapitation is not pretty.

    >>[maljam] I hate to say it... but I did exactly this on Saturday!
    >>D'oh! I was so embarrased! Oh well... live and learn :)

    I did that at the weekend too.

    Recommend fitting tiller over the front of traveller loop and under rear. I pushed off with it fitted snuggly under the front and over the rear instead and found that, with the traveller loop tail cleated, I was forced to sail round and round in circles.
     
  10. HikedLikeCrazy

    HikedLikeCrazy New Member

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    1. Anyone can win a regatta. It takes a true sailor to win the regatta AND the party (ok so that one doesn't have to do with sailing fast, but having fun is just as important).

    2. Find that downwind groove. Soooo important, harder than the upwind groove with a HUGE payoff if you can sustain it. (being light helps)
     
  11. Josef

    Josef New Member

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    Actualy, they are not allowed to just turn streight into you like that.
    When it's them turning up against you, they are obligated to give you room to get out of the way. If you can finish your turn you're fine.
    They're not allowed to just strear up head to wind eather (and no smart sailor would try to eather as they'd lose more from that then they would by just staying under you =P



    Happends sometimes =P
    I never managed to do it during a race but I have during training, I have alot of weird elastic lines around my boat though so I just take one of those and pull it around the boom if I happend to forget the loop, works ok =P
     
  12. CHumphreys

    CHumphreys New Member

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    general tips

    1.a piece of chewing gum gets the taste of salt outta your mouth
    2.wash and take care of your gear and boat after every sail (no matter how tired you are)


    general sailing tips

    1.never be on the outside of the leward mark rounding. stop your boat if you need to (after you get into the two boat lengths), but never be on the outside
    2.never bang a corner


    laser tips

    1.on jibes in light wind, grab the main sheet right below the boom block and pull on that to make sure that it doesnt catch the transom
    2.if you want to race, watch videos of Robert Scheidt
     
  13. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    practice, practice, practice

    hike, hike, hike

    wash, rinse, and repeat as necessary
     

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