Sailing How-To

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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.

sailboat sailing upwind with crew hanging over the side

What Makes A Raceboat Tick

Andrew Palfrey explains the primary function of key controls in a way that applies to a broad range of boats, using the build of two International 5.5 Metre Class yachts in Cowes, UK, to help illustrate his points.

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.