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Real world sailing

Real world sailing has issues to be dealt with

pitchpoleReal world sailing is complex. Leaving aside all the things that can go wrong with the boat and crew, the environment (wind, waves and current) and the tactical situation (where the marks and enemies are) could be subjects for scholarly papers (but aren’t).

This thread deals with some real-world situations; how to detect them and how to exploit them.



  • Sailing in shifty wind Should you always tack on headers? This page explains several ways to take advantage of wind shifts, both long and short term.
  • Wind shear & gradient Explains how wind shear affects performance and how to take advantage of it. If you think your instruments are giving bad data, you should read this.
  • Ockam U An excerpt from our manual on using instruments. It explains in detail about how to exploit wind shifts and position yourself relative to the fleet.
  • Tactical functions Lists the Ockam system functions that keep you informed about the wind and your tactical situation.
  • True wind Describes true wind speed and wind direction and how they are used in racing.
  • Laser gun In match racing, keeping track of the enemy is paramount. This piece of hardware integrates with wind information to display, in numeric and graphical form, enemy range & bearing and ahead/behind.

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