SAILBOAT RACING LECTURES
The Royal Victoria Yacht Club (RVYC) has an active racing fleet of Mini-12's (Illusion class and Deception class). In 2013,
I gave a series of 4 lectures to the fleet on "How To Win Sailboat Races", and one of the audience members recorded them on video.
The videos were then posted on Vimeo. The video quality had a few issues, and the actual presentations were not overly
During the COVID-19 lockdown, I decided to "spruce up" the material. I re-created the first 3 lectures in front
of my computer (without a live audience), and did extensive editing on the last lecture. The end results are much more
polished (and shorter), and the 4 lectures are now posted to YouTube. Although the focus is on Mini-12 racing, much of the material
is quite pertinent to any type of sailboat.
1) The theory of sailing (the Physics of what makes a sailboat go)
2) Sail trim (going fast)
3) Tactics (going
the right way)
4) Rules of racing (keeping out of trouble)