Quick Tips: Steering at Night

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

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Abu Dhabi Ocean racing sails into the night during the last edition of the Volvo Ocean RaceMatt 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.

  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.