This section will give the new skipper to Radio Sailing a guide to many of the different scenarios you will find yourself in and some of the aspects or attributes that make for a good skipper.
Do not be put off by what may look like complications ........ Try to understand the logic behind the different senarios presented. Try to visualise the situation. Be aware of it when it happens out on the water when racing and if you fluff it up dont feel bad, we all do from time to time.
Try and PRACTICE one thing at a time, review it here from time to time or get an experienced skipper to assist you and point out where you are perhaps going wrong.
Remember the top skippers are there because they have simply spent more time on the water and have experienced these senarios many time before and have grown wiser by making many mistakes. There really is no substiture for time on the water sailing, praticing and racing.
If you are a new skipper, dont expect to be challenging the front rankers from day one. That is unrealistic.
Rather concentrate on just beating the boat in front of you, or not loosing a position to the boats behing you.
DO THE FUNDAMENTALS CORRECTLY ! ............... AND CONSISTENTLY and you will have good results.
All the photographs and video in this section depict the DRAGONFLITE 95 one design boat, from Josway.
This class was introduced into South Africa to encourage new members to the sport in a inexpensive way. So for consistency it was decides to keep a uniform format throughout. The BASICS however apply to any Radio Yacht.
Have a look at the MENU below and click on a heading to go there. Good Luck ........
Sailing has it own unique language, Understand some of the jargon
This annotated picture will go a long way to understand what things are called on a boat
When sailing boats land up in different senarios that are governed by the RULES OF THE ROAD ..... These definitions help to make things clearer.
A basic guide to racing and the different parts of a race.
BEFORE YOU LAUNCH YOUR BOAT.
ON THE WATER BUT BEFORE THE START.
SAILING TIPS FOR A GOOD START.
SAILING THE FIRST LEG OR BEAT TO THE WEATHER MARK.
SAILING THE OFFWIND OR DOWN WIND LEGS.
PENALTY TURNS - DO AND DONT’S
A simple explanation of the action of wind on the sails and what to look out for to keep you sails working at the maximum
The wind is a fluid medium and fluctuates. Understanding some basics and how to deal with them can help immensly.