September 6, 2016

Performance and Trim Solutions

[Excerpt Taken from North U Cruising Book] If boatspeed seems poor, you may need to add power. Try deeper sail shapes, and bear off a couple degrees. You can also… Read More

Spinnakers provide an enormous performance boost in light to moderate air when sailing downwind—and well they should, considering the trouble they can cause! We’ll take a look here at how… Read More

Compared to the quick response and sudden nature of a squall, sailing through a storm in open water is an endurance contest. In addition to big wind, you’ll have to… Read More

We covered the Basics of Heavy Weather Sailing already; now it’s time to look at techniques to help you sail well in strong winds, which will increase your range and… Read More

September 1, 2016

Heavy Weather Sailing Basics

First of all, heavy weather is not an absolute wind strength. It’s whenever the wind and waves are such that you risk losing control of your boat. This may happen… Read More

September 1, 2016

Downwind Sail Trim

As you bear away from close-hauled to a close reach the forces on the sails rotate forward, speed jumps, and heeling forces are reduced. To make the most of the… Read More

September 1, 2016

How to Trim a Genoa

There are three sources of genoa power: angle of attack, sail depth, and twist. Our goal is first to get the correct total power and, second, to achieve the correct… Read More

September 1, 2016

Sailing Downwind In Heavy Air

The following tips are taken from the North U Cruising and Seminar Course book written by John Rousmaniere, author of the Annapolis Book of Seamanship. These tips are meant to… Read More

September 1, 2016

Steering Upwind

There are a number of guidelines to help you steer effectively upwind. There is also information you can learn from the feel of the helm that will help you find… Read More

February 10, 2016

When Are Wrinkles Fast?

When you look at your sail on the water, your eyes are usually drawn to any imperfections. Sometimes these are in the sail’s shape, but other times there are wrinkles… Read More