Inclusivity Blog

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

Our Analysis of the 2024 Olympic Slate

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 →

Nobody said it was going to be easy…

Nobody said it was going to be easy... Many of you sailors know that feeling, you start the event well but on the 3rd day you are so tired the brain stops functioning, from there it spirals down until the rest of the event. Unfortunately, this is a very common situation to many sailors, luckily... Continue Reading →

Making the Weight

Ideal Weight and Dynamic Sailing Sailing crew weight is seemingly  best dealt with by most major sailing federations by making it clear that if the sailor is outside the ideal weight, they must get as close as possible to ideal before even being considered for National Sailing Teams. What we find inconsistent about this attitude... Continue Reading →

Peak Performance

Preparing for a peak performance event We were discussing the skills and art of “peaking”, and went rather further into this topic than intended at the time, but it was one of those interesting opportunities to exchange ideas and stimulate thoughts. The Olympic Games is special – one opportunity every four years to gain success. ... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of Masts

Why does the mast matter? In terms of sailing boat “hardware”,  the mast must be considered one of the most dominant pieces of equipment when considering impact on performance. We have many types of mast, and along with the evolution of hull design and the progression to apparent wind sailing, the mast has probably changed... Continue Reading →

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