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Quick Tips: Steering at Night

The next time you find yourself at the helm overnight, remember these quick tips for the best performance.

February 10, 2016
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Abu Dhabi Ocean racing sails into the night during the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Matt Knighton/Volvo Ocean Race

The next time you find yourself behind the helm during a night race, remember these 3 quick tips!

  1. Try to achieve a state of mind where you are focused but relaxed. Really try to stay in the present and avoid distractions.

  2. Focus on maintaining a constant angle of heel, so head up slightly when the boat is too flat, and bear away when you have too much heel.

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  3. Mark the spin sheet with white tape so you can trim consistently. In the puffs you should be a little eased, and in the lulls slightly tighter.

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