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The Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race is one of the classic yachting events on the annual race calendar, arguably the most famous and difficult race taking place in the Southern Hemisphere. Its… Read More

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Be at the epicenter of the main event. Race villages are set up in Sydney and in Hobart to catch the beginning and the end of the race. Australia’s Local… Read More

Glenn Ashby still remembers his first A Class catamaran sail like it was yesterday. “It was 1995 and it was only a 10-minute sail on a lake,” he says. “I… Read More

In March 2018, David McDiarmid, North Sails Expert Matt Steven, and Bradley Collins (NZL) claimed the most desired prize in the 18-footer class, the JJ Giltinan Trophy. It was the… Read More

We’ve all heard it one hundred times…. “Boat speed is King.” That’s all well and good but how are we supposed to know how to achieve it?? In this video… Read More

Nailing a perfect tack is often the difference between getting that first cross off the starting line, sneaking it in at a weather mark layline, or being able to pinch… Read More

Sailing in a 94-boat fleet that’s stacked with past world champions, Martin Hill didn’t have high expectations on his chances of winning the 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane, Australia. But… Read More

The waves were bumpy and the wind was hard to read conditions at the 2018 Melges 20 Worlds in Cagliari, Italy. That put a premium on speed at all times… Read More

By Bill Gladstone Proper response to a puff is critical to optimum performance. The best response is a change in trim to match the changing apparent wind angle. Here’s why:… Read More

Your next regatta is just around the corner. Is your team ready? Our J/24 Tool Kit will help. Scroll down for tips about boat speed, shifting gears, tuning, jibing in… Read More

By Bill Gladstone In Upwind Sail Power, we defined the three sources of sail power: Angle of Attack, Depth, and Twist. Now we’ll focus on twist and how it impacts… Read More

Twelve teams battled throughout the weeklong J/111 Worlds in Breskens, Netherlands, where big-breeze speed was the key to success. Martin Dent and his team on JElvis scored nine straight bullets… Read More

by Bill Gladstone Understanding and controlling sail power is essential to optimizing upwind performance. 1. Angle of Attack 2. Sail Depth (Draft) 3. Sail Twist Total sail power is the… Read More

The Worlds are just around the corner. Is your team ready? Our Worlds tool kit will help you finish in front of the pack. Read our tips on boat speed,… Read More

After hopping in a VX One for the first time at the 2018 Newport Regatta, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Lucky for me, I had a great crew in… Read More