Category Archive for "Currents & Tactics"

CURRENT & TACTICS V: COURSE OVER GROUND and VMG

It may seem quite an obvious statement, but the influence of the current on our Course Over the Ground and VMG is one of the biggest subject to discuss when we speak about racing in current. We’ve seen in the…

CURRENTS & TACTICS IV: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COASTLINE SHAPE AND UNDERWATER BATHYMETRY

When sailing and racing along the coast there are local effects that we have to consider. “The wind will back next to that cape”, “be careful of the funnel effect between those two islands”, “the wind-shadow of those cliffs is…

CURRENTS & TACTICS III: THE START

There are many statistics and many more books talking about how important it is to start a regatta in the best possible way. It doesn’t matter if we are sailing in a fleet regatta or in a match race, a good…

CURRENTS & TACTICS II – THE WIND TRIANGLE

Every sailor in the world has seen this image (the wind triangle) on the board of a sailing school’s classroom or in a yachting manual. What some sailors may have missed from that lesson or that chapter of the manual…

CURRENTS & TACTICS I – How to measure currents?

Currents can be defined as the continuous flow of water from one place to another (definition by the UK National Oceanography Centre). Many factors can generate currents, such as gravitational forces, rotation of the earth, wind, water conditions gradients and/or geographical…