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  1. Not too sciencey... but perhaps you could speak to him on a key formula and how it occurs twice in a roll tack: Adding weight + Heading up = Acceleration This effect is realized during a good tacking entry (and since there is no recovery/correction back down on the same tack, it can be taken higher than in upwind sailing while tacking). As you head up, you are effectively driving more flow over the surface of the foils and sails as you turn into the forces... and adding weight is the accelerator that converts potential into speed, (plus the rig movement mentioned above by Steam Fly
  2. Brett Beyer. Message us for his contact details.
  3. This video will help you setup your rudder correctly. There are a bunch of other videos (70+) on the YouTube site relating to technique which you'll also find very useful. We also have an online upwind speed course with Live Q&A answered by Olympic coaches that you may find beneficial.
  4. This is probably the most important video. To avoid the death rolling issue, there are basically two "types".. 1. By the Lee Deathroll - Typically due to the body not being enough to leeward. Even when under sheeted, a solid amount of body weight over the leeward side will prevent the death roll if it all starts by the lee. 2. Broad Reach Deathroll - Typically this occurs when transitioning from by the lee to a broad reach but not adjusting sheet tension sufficiently. This creates a great deal of lee helm when you arrive at the broad reach and spins the boat into a death
  5. That shot just completely captures the incredible feeling of double handed sailing. Really nice.
  6. Nice!!! How much are you able to "zoom" in on the speed graph shown right side if any? If the clip is short, it only shows the graph from that time segment or?
  7. Fully agreed. We've found that this type of practice is really enjoyed by the clients during our clinics. They absolutely love it. In other words, we don't think fun and deliberate practice are mutually exclusive. Once and awhile, and I mean once every few couple years, you'll get someone who just wants to sail off on their own and enjoy the scenery... and that's ok too. That said, I have read about champions in other sports who "hated practice"... but the goal for them was greater than that resistance. So maybe for some, it's a bit different. But my observation has been similar to what you
  8. To some extent yea. The article details how to maximize that time available on the water. Specificity, feedback loops etc. In our interview with Tom Burton he used the expression "Don't count the hours, make the hours count."
  9. Did you see the last few post we made? We provided a sail settings guide (for free) for the ILCA/Laser Dinghy. How about a 12 minute free instructional video on Body Weight / Sheet Sequences? The Upwind Speed: Medium Wind Online Course we announced has FREE videos sailors can enjoy including one on Lane Holding and a condition objective summary. To our knowledge those have not been produced/seen before.
  10. Hahaha yes. We're trying to provide resources for people to learn from - some of them cost money, some of them are free. All of them cost money to produce. All of them are intended to benefit dinghy sailors and the sport. There's no conflict here if we're providing free content for people to progress with. If people end up booking a Clinic or an Online course with us, that's great - we're not trying to hide the fact that we would love to have more sailors taking our Clinics and Online Courses. That's what we do. This particular free article was born because of a dinghy sailing "ro
  11. Astro, do you sail the ILCA / Laser Dinghy? What sort of content would make you happy mate?
  12. Hi all, We've got an Upwind Sail Settings Guide now available for the Laser / ILCA Dinghy - you can goto our website to download it. It's included in our online course and we're also providing it FREE to all sailors. This is a great starting point for setting up your dinghy to go fast! Settings have been vetted by Olympic Champions and Coaches and include: Vang Coding/Calibration Guide MKII Settings Flat Water MKII Settings Chop Radial Settings Flat Water Radial Settings Chop They are available both in imperial and metric measurements. Included here is a sample
  13. It depends. Deliberate practice will help a lot. 2 boat practice is generally part of that - but not necessarily. A lot of sailors go and do "2 boat practice" but they don't improve very fast. if at all.
  14. It's an article on how to improve your dinghy sailing.
  15. Hi Guys, New article up to help you get better this weekend! Applicable to all classes. Let us know how you like it. https://internationalsailingacademy.com/deliberate-practice/
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