During a racing beat there are some fundamental differences between different phases of the leg, this mean our decisions and priorities as racers should be different between different parts of the course
Muscles were never really considered too vital in sailing until around 2000. There were of course people who believed that Lasers and Windsurfers needed to be fit, but generally this was not carried over to other classes. Now we see fit sailors winning, and less fit sailors rarely doing so. There is a systematic approach that can be taken to physical training, and this begins with the core.
We are featuring the legend that is Bruce Kendall here because, as with everything he’s involved with, Bruce takes it to another level, to the extreme. He is an amazing character. He didn’t just “do” an Olympic campaign, but had a career spanning over a couple of decades, won innumerable World, Continental and Olympic medals, was THE yardstick to measure success
The movement of water over a course area is rarely uniform. Because of this factor the racing sailor has to have an understanding of where currents are at their maximum, how this helps or obstructs progress and where a current will take you sideways away from the mark, or sideways towards the mark. Where possible, using current in different areas to enhance the speed around the course can be much more rewarding than finding a lot of boat speed through increased wind speed.
Whether sailing upwind or downwind, the boat must sail at an angle to the mark to ensure airflow over the sail and the best speed possible. The angle to the wind that is sailed means that we have to calculate or judge the real speed of the boat towards the mark
At Toplevel Sailing we believe we have enjoyed a progressive period in sailing, where a greater cross section and a growing demographic of people have had access to sailing, people of all abilities, all races and cultures are able to compete in our great sport
The contrast between sports is marked. Primary skills to succeed vary widely from sport to sport. We also have sets of skills in various sports that ensure success, so we can then have sports like sailing, which are complex and involve physical coordination, “feel” for tuning, technical, tactical, fitness and strategy. We can have sports like road cycling, which are also on the complex side with a bigger emphasis on physical, but powe
This blog is for the big people. The big people bring super athleticism to sailing - they bring strength, style, and often grace and athleticism. They bring a lot of charisma and friendship too. The dinghy sailing world will be poorer without them, and the Olympic circuit a lot less friendlier place without the big guys. Some of us may even need cranes to load the car on pack up day without the help of these athletes!
Every four years there is a rush of blood through the veins of World Sailing (formerly ISAF) as the Olympic “slate” - which is the combination of classes to comprise the Olympics six years from the decision year - is decided. The process is quite complex, and theoretically thorough, and always leads to criticism, outrage,... Continue Reading →