How We Unwind
Sep28

How We Unwind

On our last day in Santader, we hiked to the cliffs of the Bay of Biscay and jumped on in… To support the Mcbride.Wilson campaign, please consider making a donation by visiting...

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A Pilgrimage to the Gorge
Aug20

A Pilgrimage to the Gorge

In June, we spent five days adventuring in the outdoor Mecca known as the Columbia River Gorge. A sailing, kiting, windsurfing, hiking, outdoor playground unlike any other. This was the locale for the 29er Gorge Speedfest, a clinic and regatta that Dane and I were lucky enough to be coaching. We squeezed in 49er practice time and a little kiting, hiking and even were able to make a few new friends in Hood River, holy ground for the kiting community worldwide. To support the Mcbride.Wilson campaign, please consider making a donation by visiting...

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Long Beach Fly-by
Jul12

Long Beach Fly-by

Long Beach Fly-by. Thanks Howard Hamlin for the lift and John Kelsey for the fly-by video footage.

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Sunday Cruising
Mar20

Sunday Cruising

Some days the conditions are simple: flat water, gentle breeze. Although days like these are welcome conditions to perfect all sorts of techniques, they’re also nice to just zen out and cruise…

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Extreme Sailing Conditions
Mar19
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Opti Clinic Debrief
Mar16

Opti Clinic Debrief

Thanks everyone for attending the clinic yesterday. Conditions were awesome with a nice breeze between 12 and 15 knots, and all the sailors worked hard. Thanks also for Quinn for stepping in for a few minutes and show us how hard “the animal” hikes! Rigging First lesson for every Opti sailor is to tune their sails on the ground. Everyone put their sail up and put the main sheet on and tied in their mast before they checked their sail out for the conditions of the day. Your sail should be perfect before you put it in the boat because once it’s up it’s really too tall to adjust. When it is up it should be for final fine tune adjustments only. This also makes your sail last longer as it’s not up in the wind flapping around. We talked about how the sail sits on the mast and the curve cut into the front. If you want your sail to be full you have to keep the curve in the sail by tying the sail ties looser in the center and tighter on the top and bottom. If you want a flat sail just switch the order, looser on top and bottom and the center ones tighter. Tacking Svenya – We worked a lot on tacks. The biggest thing that you can focus on that will help improve your tacks is the body pump before the sail comes across. This will heel the boat to windward and help the boat turn. Because you’ll get more roll entering the tack you will not have to wait on the new leeward side to heel the boat. Also, if you keep your knees together during the whole thing then it will make the body pump much easier. Ryan – Your tacks are looking pretty good in the conditions we had yesterday. Hiking out of your tacks will make them much better because you’ll accelerate and the boat won’t tip and slide sideways (you can see a good example in the video below). Because you’re a little light you don’t have much righting weight to bring the boat flat. So, when it gets windy you need to be able to hike hard to maximize your righting moment immediately out of the tack. You can practice this by tacking and not switching your hands for 5 seconds. Concentrate on your feet hooking the straps and jumping outboard as much as possible. Don’t switch hands. Just max hike for 5 seconds. Once you are comfortable with not switching your hands then you can start hiking out of the tacks every tack. This will become habit if...

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