A book on the basics of racing that you can read online. You
can also order a printed version.
on a Lightning
Articles and other information about crewing on a Lightning.
|How do Sails Work? - by Paul Bogataj
An explanation of how wind and sails combine to move a boat
- from the North Sails web site.
Information from WB-Sails (Helsinki, Finland) on using telltales
for sail trim and steering. Includes suggestions for material
to use and where to locate telltales.
on Lakes - By Mark Spicknall
This outstanding presentation, made to the Lansing Sailing Club
by Mark Spicknall in 2001, prioritizes the variables in Lake
racing - and explains each variable. This Presentation is in
Handling in Velocity Headers
Email exchanged between LSC and award winning sailor Mark Spicknall
discussing what to do in a velocity header upwind and downwind
- formatted as a dialogue.
and Racing Tips and Lessons
Great stuff from the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island
Sound. Includes Rules, Tactics, Boathandling and Tuning, Navagation
and Maintenance. Click on "Lessons and Tips".
Sailboat Technology.com offers a wealth of technology resources
to the sailboat design and research community. Its main objective
is to enhance knowledge and promote communication among yacht
designers, naval architects, sailmakers, researchers, students
and sailors. It features the first and only online References
Database on sailboat technology including more that 1,000 references
from journals, conferences, theses, magazines, etc.; forums,
to discuss technical matters; a Glossary of technical terms;
a calendar of Conferences; links to free oftware and online
A site that tries to stimulate better theories of sailing. This
site also advocates that some of the popular theories (which
as the "wing" theory) are wrong.
A detailed discussion of sail twist.
Training from US Sailing
US Sailing offers online training including online versions
of their Keelboat
course and Cruising
of Sail - National Geographic Sailing Simulator
National Geographic explanation of points of sail with interactive
ability to steer boat and adjust mainsail trim and see the impact
on boat speed when the point of sail is changed and trim is
How can a boat sail upwind? How can boats sail faster than the
wind? This explanation of the physics of sailing by Joe Wolfe
of the University of New South Wales provides the answers.