Sailing How-To

Learn from sailing experts, basic sailing how tos, sailing tips, sailboat racing techniques, racing rules, sailing advice and more at Sailing World.

Kinetix, The Debrief Game-Changer

Your onboard sailing video can be more than sizzle-reel stuff for your social media feeds. You can also use it to eliminate any uncertainty about why and when you’re slow—or better yet, fast and winning races.

safe approach

Weather Mark Tactics

Windward-mark approaches and offset-mark exits should be part of your developing playbook of race-winning tactics. Do them well, and you’ll realize big gains.

Rules

Dr. Charles Shoemaker, Dr. Robin Wallace, and Nancy Parillo convene at Newport YC for the Frostbite season's first hearing.

The Lemming Effect

How many times have you started a race, unsure what the racecourse is? The answer should be, “never.”

Sail Trim

Jib sag/headstay tension

Dynamics of Headsail Trim

The wind across your sails is dynamic, so too must be your sail trim. Pro sailor Erik Shampain explains the fundamentals of active headsail trimming.

Telltales

How to Use Jib Telltales

The little yarns on your headsail are the fundamental clues to your sailboat’s sail trim and different conditions require a different look.