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Calculating Wally

Calculating Wally

How to calculate Wally The Wally is a technique for gaining advantage of wind shifts when you can’t or shouldn’t tack (read the overview). And yes, there are times and conditions where you shouldn’t tack (see Break-even tacking). In this exercise we will use the Ockam37 polar

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OckamSoft 5 Videos

OckamSoft 5 Videos

OckamSoft 5 training videos Demos LogScanner RaceCam LogScanner is a post-race analysis tool that works with almost any instrument system. An important feature is its ability to synchronize videos with the log, letting you find out more about what caused any mistakes you find. Learn more… The

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Ockam U

Ockam U

Ockam U Ockam U is a seminar series that explains how to use any true-wind instruments to win races. Some of the principles can also be applied to any kind of sailing, including dinghys. The course will teach you how to: Use your senses better to steer

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How to Sail in Shifty Wind

How to Sail in Shifty Wind

How to Sail in Shifty Wind Wind shifts are annoying but they provide more opportunity for gain than anything else. Wind is never constant. This is not news to sailors, who are constantly dealing with shifting wind and wave to maximize performance. On this page, we’ll discuss wind

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What are Polars

What are Polars

Everybody talks about them, but what are they? What are Polars anyway? Ever hear someone talking about hitting their targets at the post-race party, and wonder why they were shooting at people? They’re not trying to shoot the competition, they’re just using polar plots of the boat’s

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Sailing in Current

Sailing in Current

Sailing in Current could be costing you 50 seconds/mile Sailing in current can be a blessing or a curse. Current can approach 10% of boatspeed. If it’s going the same way you are, great. If it’s going the other way, bad news. If you don’t know where

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Sailing lateral separation

Sailing lateral separation

Lateral separation pumping leverages wind shifts into big gains when sailing When sailing lateral separation is crucial. Being “On the wrong side of the shift” means that if you are to the right of your competition and the wind shifts left (or vice-versa), you lose distance to

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The Wally

The Wally

Gain from wind shifts without tacking The Wally is a technique for gaining advantage of wind shifts when you can’t or shouldn’t tack. When should you not tack? See Break-even Tacking. The Wally was invented in Fremantle where the wind shifts were regular, but too short to

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Wind Instruments improve Tacking

Wind Instruments improve Tacking

Wind instruments improve your chances to gain by tacking Tacking is complicated to do correctly, and there is a chance to gain from it. Wind instruments can improve your chance of success by helping you decide how likely you will gain. There are two kinds of tacks;

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Twelve Meter Yachts

Twelve Meter Yachts

Twelve Meter Yachts and their Sailing Instruments All through the 1980’s the America’s Cup was contested in Twelve Meter Yachts, and significant advances were being made in hull construction, sailcloth and panel layout, and in Sailing Instruments Systems.  But, perhaps more than the others advances, Sailing Instruments were

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