Understanding sailing wind and how to deal with it

Sailing without a proper wind speed is no fun at all. But once the amount of knots is going up, it's your time to claim the stage during a sailing race. On this page we gathered exciting articles and webinars we made together with champions within the world of sailing. Winners like Nathan Outterridge and Rugerro Tita will tell you how you improve your sailing wind tactics that result in medals after your next sailing race.

LEARN FROM THE BEST SAILORS IN THE WORLD

SAILING UPWIND IS A ESSENTIAL PART OF IMPROVING YOUR SKILLS

Improving your windward game can be quite challenging. You need to take in account that current, waves and tidal effects affect your upwind performance, just to name a few important factors on upwind sailing performance. Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Outteridge knows this like no other, so we asked him to explain his view on sailing upwind during a race. Watch our webinar with Nathan by clicking the link below.

SAILING DOWNWIND – THE MORE CHALLENGING PART

On the other hand sailing downwind is just as important to outrun your competitors during a race. Downwind sailing makes it harder to stay ahead in the race and make it easier for your competitors to catch up with you. Therefore it’s important to make sure you own the right tactics to keep up front when you’re sailing against the wind. One of our SAILMONSTERS shares all his insights on the tricky parts of downwind sailing.

Our reads on sailing wind (tactics)

SAILING UPWIND

The more you sail, the better you’ll understand the huge effect that different wind speeds have on sailing. The difference between really light winds and strong winds is enormous. At low wind speeds, it’s a game of chess, trying to spot the best wind from the patches of darkness on the water, moving gently around the boat so that you don’t disturb the boat’s momentum. At high wind speeds over 20 knots, it’s a battle against the elements, where physical courage and determination come into play.

SAILING TACTICS (UPWIND)

In another blog we talked about Strategy. That’s about doing your pre-race homework, analysing the conditions and working out which is the fastest way up the course. But strategy is nothing without tactics, because how often do you get to execute your perfect strategy without other boats getting in the way?

SAILING WIND

If you’ve been sailing for a few years or more, then you know where the wind is coming from. It becomes an instinct. Try teaching someone who’s completely new to sailing. Ask them: ‘Where’s the wind coming from?’ It’s surprising to us sailors just how difficult it is for the non-sailor to work out the wind direction.

How to win a sailing race?

In order to win your next race it is wise to gather knowledge about crucial parts of the race. This includes preparation as well. A good start, effective training, defining the right strategy and tactics before the race starts are just as important as the race itself. Therefor we made up these great resources, like webinars and articles written by pro´s and experts, that will help you to win your next sailing race. Stay up to date with the latstest content by subscribing to our newsletter.

LEARN FROM THE BEST SAILORS IN THE WORLD

SAILING UPWIND IS A ESSENTIAL PART OF IMPROVING YOUR SKILLS

Improving your windward game can be quite challenging. You need to take in account that current, waves and tidal effects affect your upwind performance, just to name a few important factors on upwind sailing performance. Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Outteridge knows this like no other, so we asked him to explain his view on sailing upwind during a race. Watch our webinar with Nathan by clicking the link below.

SAILING DOWNWIND – THE MORE CHALLENGING PART

On the other hand sailing downwind is just as important to outrun your competitors during a race. Downwind sailing makes it harder to stay ahead in the race and make it easier for your competitors to catch up with you. Therefore it’s important to make sure you own the right tactics to keep up front when you’re sailing against the wind. One of our SAILMONSTERS shares all his insights on the tricky parts of downwind sailing.

We selected some good reads for you

SAILING UPWIND

The more you sail, the better you’ll understand the huge effect that different wind speeds have on sailing. The difference between really light winds and strong winds is enormous. At low wind speeds, it’s a game of chess, trying to spot the best wind from the patches of darkness on the water, moving gently around the boat so that you don’t disturb the boat’s momentum. At high wind speeds over 20 knots, it’s a battle against the elements, where physical courage and determination come into play.

SAILING TACTICS (UPWIND)

In another blog we talked about Strategy. That’s about doing your pre-race homework, analysing the conditions and working out which is the fastest way up the course. But strategy is nothing without tactics, because how often do you get to execute your perfect strategy without other boats getting in the way?

SAILING WIND

If you’ve been sailing for a few years or more, then you know where the wind is coming from. It becomes an instinct. Try teaching someone who’s completely new to sailing. Ask them: ‘Where’s the wind coming from?’ It’s surprising to us sailors just how difficult it is for the non-sailor to work out the wind direction.

How to win a sailing race?

In order to win your next race it is wise to gather knowledge about crucial parts of the race. This includes preparation as well. A good start, effective training, defining the right strategy and tactics before the race starts are just as important as the race itself. Therefor we made up these great resources, like webinars and articles written by pro´s and experts, that will help you to win your next sailing race. Stay up to date with the latstest content by subscribing to our newsletter.