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Knowledge wins races

Knowledge beats guessing

Downwind_2If you race, you probably want to win. Racing demands more attention and resources than cruising, including better gear and crew training.

Instruments compensate for not having focused your entire life on sailing
Brain power and instruments give you an advantage over butt sailors.

That is not to say that instruments don’t also help butt sailors. They provide confirmation of their gut feelings.

Your boat should always perform at its best

In order to be sure you are always performing well, you need to be able to monitor how you’re doing against a reliable standard. This is accomplished by using Polars as the standard, and having true wind to access them. This is the primary benefit of having instruments. You also need to keep tabs on the environment because of its effect on your performance.

  • The true wind is your engine. If you don’t know what its doing, you are at a disadvantage. Learn more…
  • Current can help or hinder. If you don’t know about it, you could be in trouble and not know it. Learn more…

Your crew should know how to tack well

Blowing a tack or wandering around afterword looking for best boatspeed or incorrectly trimming sails is a sure way to lose. Instruments provide metrics to help you tack well. Target speed (see Polars) provides the correct boatspeed and fast and accurate coordination between trimmers and helmsman. And Ockam also provides tack analysis in real time to improve training.

You should know when to tack/jibe

  • Accurately calling laylines prevents overstanding, or even worse, under-standing. Learn more…
  • Tacking on shifts is a big gainer (sometimes). If you have a good readout of wind direction, you will be able to take advantage of shifts that others may not notice. Learn more…
  • On the other hand, if you tack poorly or the shift is too wimpy, you will actually lose. Learn more…

 Learn where you can improve your performance

Taking a look at the details how you performed during a race will provide valuable information about how to improve your racing technique. We call this post-race analysis, and it is performed by LogScanner. The source for LogScanner is the race log file (either OS5 or Expedition logs) plus optional video files to allow you to see things that the instruments don’t. Videos are fairly easy to create – see LogScanner RaceCam.

LogScanner can be used even if you don’t have Ockams
if you can produce an Expedition log file, then you can use LogScanner

 

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