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Technique Tips

Blog articles on how to great the best from your chosen water sport.

Launching a Laser/ILCA on a Lee Shore

By Steve Cockerill 15th January 2021

Lee Shore Launching in a Laser/ILCA - YouTube Launching on a lee shore can be daunting but in a Laser/ILCA it’s relatively easy. I tend to only attach my mainsheet once I am near the water, to avoid taking out other peoples’ tiller extensions, trollies and dogs with my Laser Mainsheet.    With large waves, the hard part is trying to hold the bow into the wind and waves.  Once you have your daggerboard down, you can use it as a pivot, pushing the transom the way you need to, ensuring that the sails remain head to wind.  Then you can...

Hiking Styles - The Secrets Behind Efficient and Healthy Hiking

In this blog Steve discusses some of the typical problems associated with hiking out and takes advice from Fiona Taylor,...

By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020

Tacking - The Technical Stuff

I learnt to sail on an old gravel pit in the Midlands in the UK. Just to make it more...

By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020

Do you sail to your tell tales? Do you know your 4th Corner? Strong Wind Techniques for two sails.

  Sailing with Tell Tales - The 4th CornerSailing with Tell Tails: I could not sail without tell tails -...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

Boat Whisperer Talks

For a taste - check out this freebie from the RYA dinghy show talk: If you have watched the Boat...

By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020