Embracing the joy of compeditive racing and trying to win races, to enjoy the different tasctical senarios, undrstanding and applying the rules, and just trying to sail fast the right direction and outfox your oppositionin, can be exilerating.
Its not easy to do well and even harder to do CONSISTENTLY well on the race course, but when you can master the BASICS you are going to find that your enjoyment level goes up exponentially.
The videos below are intended for new skippers to radio sailing and are shown using the Dragon Flite 95 Class of radio yachts, as in South Africa beginners will most likely be sailing this class, however the basic items covered will apply to other classes of Radio Yachts as well.
Like all thinds the more you pratice the better you will get. The Videos below are broken down into the following :
Before you launch your boat.
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
Review these videos often and pratice ONE THING at a time ......... Ask advice from an experienced skipper ....... Feel good about your progress
Below are 2 typical courses that are sailed. Which type is chosen can depend on the venue and prevailing winds, but will resemble something like these.
The top drawing is usually the type of course sailed in South Africa, while the bottom one is what is typically used overseas and at major national and world championships.
This video clip is taken from the IOM World Championships in France in 2017
It shows how important the starts are and getting clear air.
It also shows how close things can get when Port and Starboard boats meet inside the 4 boat length ZONE at the weather mark
It clearly shows the reach to the OFFSET Mark and the runs to the LEEWARD MARK GATES ( although most boats in this race seemed to choose the left hand mark for a PORT rounding for the next WINDWARD beat.
One little error in these fleets and you can loose MANY places, despite doing everything else correctly.
I guess that is why its called a World Championship!