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TWIST - HOW TELLTALES WORK TO GET IT RIGHT

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TWIST - HOW TELLTALES WORK TO GET IT RIGHT Twist is when the top of the sail opens in comparison to the lower sections and twist gives us the ability to control the lift and drag created by our sails. Twist is increased in light winds and progressively taken out as the wind increases, the reason for this is that fiction from the water slows the wind down on the lower parts of the sail relative to wind further up.  In the lighter wind, the wind angles as you look up the sail vary greater than they do than when...

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Air purifiers and Corona virus. What you should know.

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"A home air purifier can help someone who is sick when used correctly" As the world deals with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the importance of health improvement, protection and monitoring is highlighted.   Common medical equipment has become scarce and mostly designated to clinic and hospital use. Porttackracing.com is dedicated to highlighting and distributing products which aid in healthcare.   How does an Air Purifier work and when should you use one?  It's a good idea to use an air purifier to improve the quality of the air you inhale.  Air purifiers work by filtering and removing particles such as allergens, dust, pollutants like...

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How to See the Wind

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SAILING TO WIN BLOG SEE THE WIND Perhaps the most important skill that  separates the best sailors from the rest of the fleet is their ability to see the wind. The reason that this is critical is that it enables them to consistently get to the windier side of the course and thus sail faster than their competition. Obviously no one can actually see wind but there are a number of ways to indirectly see what the wind is doing, particularly what it’s doing farther up the course. Flags, smoke or other sail boats in your course area are great indicators...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WINDWARD MARK ROUNDINGS

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  SAILING TO WIN BLOG THE IMPORTANCE OF WINDWARD MARK ROUNDINGS  As sailors we put an enormous amount of thought in to the start, and so we should, and next we talk a lot about upwind speed and observing and playing the shifts but planning and thought seems to go out the window when considering  rounding the windward mark and transitioning to the downwind leg. Having a clean windward mark rounding can gain valuable boat-lengths and the keys to rounding the windward mark are to make sure that you get there without sailing extra distance or fouling someone but even...

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Making Reaches Work in Sailing

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MAKING REACHES WORK In this day and age of mainly windward and return races, the art, and skill of sailing a reach is becoming a distant memory for many of us with symmetrical spinnaker boats. Please note though, that a lot of the tips below are also relevant to two sailed and single sail boats as well. If you do get a reaching course or if a planned run becomes a reach due to a wind shift, you will need to draw on your memory to enable yourself to get to the leeward mark in the quickest possible time. Close Reach:...

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