We've finally started our match race, but the pressure is still on. One key difference in Match Racing is that mark roundings are to starboard, rather than port. This completely changes the approach, where the controlling position is, and how the rounding is executed. In this video, our narrator Dave Perry, talks about the upwind... Continue Reading →
Match Racing Video Series – Leading and Pushing at the Start
Can we start already? Now it's time to go to the start line...put are you the leader or are you the pusher? Do you want the hook or the lock? All of these are key decisions that could decide match racing's decidedly short races.
Match Racing Video Series – Controlling the Downwind Leg
At this point you've realized that aggressive boat on boat tactics are the norm in match racing. You haven't seen anything yet! On the downwind racing to the leeward mark there is no break, no time for a sandwich...or the other team will eat your lunch!
Match Racing Video Series – Controlling the Playground
Still working on our start sequence strategy, we've dialed up are now entering "the playground." This is very different from Fleet Racing. Timing and position becomes critical here. It is much less about being at the line when the gun goes off and more about gaining a controlling position and being back to the line... Continue Reading →
Extreme Sailing Series – More Foiling Catamarans!
Photo courtesy of Extreme Sailing's Facebook Page.It seems like you can put a foil on just about anything these days, but after talking with Matt Reynolds, an accomplished sailor, and CEO of Sailing Events Association (SEA), foiling is not just something you pick up one weekend and do for fun. If you're going to foil, you... Continue Reading →
Match Racing Video Series – The Dial Up
Up to this point, we've gotten into the starting box...NOW WHAT? Are you Yellow or Blue because it matters! This video explains the options available to both boats at the initial meeting forced by the match racing starting rules. (You might have to rewind it a few times to get it all!)
Man Overboard – Chicago Mac 2018
This is a harrowing story of a seasoned sailor, a massive change in conditions, and some serious luck. This is the story of Mark Wheeler aboard Meridian X in the Chicago to Mackinac Island Race who suddenly found himself in the water when the boat was hit by a micro-burst in open water. Spoiler alert... Continue Reading →
Match Racing Video Series – Starting Area
Most of us are used to racing sailboats in fleets where the Racing Rules Of Sailing govern our actions and ensure safety around the racecourse. Becoming more and more popular though is a form of one-on-one racing called Match Racing. The rules are a little different and the start is much different. I found a... Continue Reading →
Changes to the 2024 Olympic Sailing Events
Sailboat Racing is one of the oldest sports in the world and was a fixture in the games of the first Olympiad in Greece in 1896. World Sailing has called on the Member National Authorities (in the United States that's US Sailing) to adjust their events to achieve a few goals in the 2024 Olympics... Continue Reading →
How to Manage a Junior Racing Fleet
In our post about Kids and Sailing, we talked about the merits of sailing as a sport for kids. Some kids will want the racing path. How do we manage that responsibly as parents though? I know I don't want to just throw my kid out to race during the regular race season with no supervision.... Continue Reading →