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How to Improve Fast - 6. Transitions

Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:31

By Luis Soubie

(Photo courtesy of John Payne - 2014 WH&O Championship)

It is very important to have good speed, but more important is to sail a good race.

This is easier to say than do, but there is one thing we can do well with just a little training and concentration, and that is transitions.

What are transitions? These are the maneuvers that change the state of our boat. They include anything other than straight-line sailing: approaching the line to start, rounding a buoy, giving space to a right-of-way boat, or even making a 720.

We all speed test for hours and hours, and this gains us only in few boat lengths per race. The transitions can make us gain or lose up to ten times this distance.

So let's talk a bit about transitions in the next chapter of "How to improve fast, fast".


51st Don Q Regatta

Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

Miami, March 23-26, 2017

Coconut Grove Sailing Club

Six races are scheduled with one discard upon completion of six races.

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017    Registration/Check-In 1600 to 1800
  • Friday, March 24, 2017    Registration/Check-In 0800 to 0900 - Competitors Meeting 0930 - Warning Signal 1200
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017    Warning Signal 1200
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017    Warning Signal 1000 No warning signal after 1400

N.o.R. is available and registration is open for the 51st Don Q Regatta

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Bacardi/Gamblin Series

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 00:00

Nassau, Bahamas, March 8-12, 2017

Bacardi and Gamblin are part of the Winter Circuit:

  • Winter Series Events 1 & 2 | Bacardi/Gamblin Series | March 8-12 | Nassau, Bahamas
  • Winter Series Event 3 | 51st Don Q Rum Keg | March 23-26 | Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Winter Series Event 4| 80th Midwinters | March 28-30 | Clearwater, Florida

Notice of Race available