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Coach's Toolbox 2.0

With the toolbox, you receive prepared scenarios "ready to run", which you can use to practice as a beginner or expand your sailing capabilities at any time. For beginner you learn basic knowledge, luv up, bear away, tack, jibe or optimise boat speed. Naturally, all other sailors wanting to perfect their knowledge in strategy and tactics in order to be optimally prepared for the coming regattas, can use it as well.

NEW!  Categories  for "Beginners, Juniors, Regatta Sailor and Experts" and "Tips-Tactics" with 1-click operation.

  • With 1-click operation, the most important tactical tips - from start to finish line - are summarized in a new category "Tips-Tactics". 
  • The Coach's Toolbox is a "Stand alone" or "All in One" packet" an important extension for the complete program of "Tactical Sailing - Games&Tips".
  • Four sailors - four boats (Multiplayer) can sail a regatta in Fleet-, Match- and Team race as well as Sailing Champions League format.
  • Team Race with course in "S" and "Q" format and tactics: Tricky tactical tips for your team, such as attacking, hindering, giving 'space' or forcing 'space'.
  • Regattatraining with different wind strengths selectable, wind regions 1x1 to 8x8, constant or random, shifting and oscillating with gusts and lulls. Wind fields with left-right rotation.
  • America's Cup training with the racing yacht AC40 'foiling wings'.
  • Up to 10 boats are your competitors in tactical exercises at the start, the buoys and the finish line.
  • You can choose between a Opti, Laser, Finn, 420er, 470er, Korsar, Kiel- and Centerboard-Zugvogel, H-Boat, 29er, 49er, J/70, Fareast 31R, TP 52 or AC40, all of which are comfortably equipped.

Team Race Tactics

Tricky tactical tips for your team, such as attacking, hindering, giving 'space' or forcing 'space'. Also at Tactical Sailing, we offer the formats of Team Racing - 2 vs. 2 or 3 vs. 3 boats - a lot of communication, excitement and lots of suspense, because "...everything is open until the end", says Mathias Rebholz (International Judge).

Effective tools for all levels of training

Many qualified coaches already use this special Coach's Toolbox in their work with the "Tactical Sailing" program, e.g. sailors can practise 11 special decision points from start to finish. Through use of the various animations, attention and concentration are verifiably boosted, and the single sequences can be individually changed as needed. The toolbox is a very effective tool at one's disposal for the design of seminars, lectures and workshops for all educational levels.
There are the Coach's Highlights, a selection of 20 tactical exercises, an additional module for quick access to the most important topics, ideal for quick use before and after training or competition. Furthermore, the large Coach's Toolbox offers over 100 exercises for “beginners, juniors, regatta sailors and experts”.

Avoid tactical mistakes and make smart decisions - 3 important exercises

In the Tactical Sailing program we can simulate a tilt at the starting line, the long and short leg as well as a shift in the wind in the regatta field at the top right and other tactical situations and then show what consequences this has for the sailor on the left and right side of the regatta field. See descriptions and sketches for Wind 4x4 in the Coach's Toolbox. Other essential tactical topics, e.g. making a decision at the “switch point”, are described in Tilo Schnekenburger “The Geometry of Regatta Sailing”.

1. Pay attention to the inclined position of the starting line: The sailor should recognize whether the starting line was placed "crooked" when the "pin end" or the "starting boat" is "higher" to the wind. Starting on this side of the starting line already brings an advantage , namely to sail a shorter distance to the windward mark - a wise decision. A tactical mistake would be to start at the wrong end and thus sail a longer distance.

2. Sailing the long leg before the short leg: The course against or with the wind offers the advantage of shortening the distance when the wind shifts. Namely whenever the wind direction changes. A wise decision is therefore to follow the rule: sail the long leg before the short leg. Anyone who steers on the "short leg" runs the risk that the wind could turn back again and thus makes a taltic mistake.

3. Note wind shifts in the regatta field: On the America's Cup NZL team - skippered by Dean Barker, New Zealand tactician Hamish Pepper was sacked because he made a major tactical error before the start. The tactician was ejected in the crucial phase of the 2003 America Cup series with the New Zealanders trailing 0-3.

  • Weather experts had predicted an impending wind shift to the right, following it from the start line and steering to the right would have been a wise decision.
  • Pepper ignored her - and took off to the left!

See you tube video clips.

Shapes on water: Circle, rhombus, rectangle and square

Tactician Tilo Schnekenburger: "Geometric shapes and figures, such as points, lines, and areas, additionally help us to make the right strategic/tactical decisions on the regatta course". In the Tactical Sailing program, 6 basic geometric shapes can be displayed on the regatta field: Circle, rhombus, rectangle, square, triangle, sine line. See a short description here. Sailors can practise strategy and tactic on 6 areas on the entire field.
Coach Maxi Walkenbach (Berlin): "Tactical Sailing is the perfect visualisation of patterns and tactics on the water: circle, diamond, rectangle and square. Ideal for explaining and understanding the basics and actions."
There are the Coach's Highlights and the large Coach's Toolbox.

Coach's Highlights - 20 exercises as an introduction to 'tactics' and 'right of way'

"The 'Coach's Highlights' are a selection of 20 tactical exercises from the overall program of the 'Coach's Toolbox' with over 100 exercises. In the overview you can select a 'keyword' and with a 'click' the exercise starts. You are automatically taken to the category in the menu item: TIPS TACTICS. In this menu item you can also use other tactical exercises, e.g. 'Field or regatta tactics'. If you would like to experience the “Fun of sailing” at the end of a practice session, choose a game 'for two or for fourth'.
- Overview of TIPS TACTICS: These are tactical exercises and situations that a trainer or experienced regatta sailor should know as an introduction to the topic of 'tactics'. This includes knowledge of:
Start and finish line, - Playing field, - Switch point, - Curry turn - Field tactics with 8 exercises - Regatta tactics for fleet, match and team races
- Fun of sailing: extra Sailing Games - Endless fun - fox hunting, chain of buoys, scooter or slalom.
Coach's Highlights Program requires a new special license key.
- Right of way: the essential rules of the right of way, e.g. leeward boat, wind from starboard and overlapping, a total of 14 situations are simulated and explained.
Coach's Highlights is an additional module for quick access to the most important topics and requires a new special license key.

Coach's Toolbox - 100 exercises - Full version 'All in One'

Overview of features:

Tactical Sailing for Junior, Racing sailor and Expert

Basics of regatta sailing in different wind conditions - basic knowledge for optimal steering of a sailing boat, strategy and tactics against the wind
Tactical situations from start to finish - Starting line with preferred side - Starting line with early start control - On Course Side (OCS) - first beat - screwed course - windward and leeward marks - feld tactics upwind and downwind - zone and overlap - stretch bow and lashing line - speed and altitude - finish

Special tactical situations for experts - up to 10 boats
"Tactics against the wind" - Chance of a short cut - Risk of extension - Gain and loss 
"Tactic boat against boat" - Multi Player 10 boats - starting phase with 10 boats - windward buoy with 10 boats - lee buoys - gate - with 10 boats - right of way - protest and jury - Fleet Race - Match Race

Regatta training - four boats - four sailors at the start (multi-player 4 players): fleet, match and team race, sailing Bundesliga format. Several training levels Wind 1x1 to 4x4 - start phase with count down and "On Course side control(OCS)" - windward buoy - lee buoys - zone and overlap - course marker room - right of way - protest and jury - regatta training selectable at different wind speeds, - wind 1x1 to 8x8, constant or random, with gusts and calm. -
My regatta, set your own course, 6 buoys, 4 boats

"Team Race" for four boats - "Two against two" - course in "Q or S" form, as it is also usual for a world or national championship. Additional exercises for Team Race tactics.
"Sailing Champions league" - 4 boats - 4 clubs train for the league. The TS model of the J/70 was developed on the basis of the polar diagram belonging to the boat type and is therefore identical to a real J/70 in its sailing characteristics. Regattas can be started with 2 or 4 boats (game mode: "boat against boat"). 

Download the detailed list of feature description of the Coach's Toolbox here.
The Coach's Toolbox 'Full Version' is a "stand alone" or "All in One" package that is an important addition to the overall program of "Tactical Sailing - Games&Tips plus Toolbox".

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Recommended System requirements

Windows PC (XP, VISTA, Win 7, 8, 10 and 11), Linux OS or Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher; Lion, El Captain, Sierra, up to Catalina with Java Standard Edition 6. See notes for Apple M1/2/3 chip and OS X 11/12/13 Big Sur/Monterey/Ventura or higher here. Internet connection only required for downloading the current software and to activate the license key, then the program can be started without Internet. Screen size: 1024x768 Pixel (4:3 Format), Graphics card 512 MB, Sound-mp3, Pentium-4, 1GB RAM, 290 MB disc space, Keyboard - or Mouse, Mouse-wheel recommended, Game Pad with programmable keys suitable.


"Your project has been voted: Best Media Didactic. Out of more than 60 applicants, Tactical Sailing is winner of the European Award for Technology Supported Learning - eureleA 2012!" This good news came in on 31.01.2012. Sailors would say: "We got Gold Medal!"


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