Order the Game Against the Wind here: control a sailboat yourself and reach the finish line with lots of fun, strategy, and tactic along the way. Interactive - only one click on a PC (Win, Linux or Mac OS X).


Tactical Tips

From Start To Finish, Take Advantage Of Tips

The standard program includes a learning module with more than 40 tips to sail "Against the Wind" or "Boat Against Boat". The most popular tactical tips from David Dellenbaugh are presented as video-clips, e.g. the advantage of sailing the long tack first, or downwind and upwind tactics. Using tactics while sailing a race means knowing how to use the particular features of lay lines, the rules of the zones, overlapping, and the inside position of buoys on any course - from the Olympic trapeze to up and down. We use optimal angles to tack or to jibe and give tips on how to maneuver if you get a header, lift, or persistent shift.
The program offers also simulated scenes to show the most important situations, when boats are meeting or crossing their way. When sailing against other boats, you have to know the "ISAF Right of Way Rules". Beginners can learn the basic rules in case you have "right of way" or if you have to "keep clear of other boats".

David Dellenbaugh was the tactician and helmsman of the America-3 during the successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1992, as well as is a multiple international and U.S. Champion. David Dellenbaugh is the publisher, editor, and author of SPEED&Smarts. For many years he has written tips for successful regatta sailing. In the 100th issue he published the “Top 100 Tips”.

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Learning with Video Clips

Tactical Sailing uses many tips from this 100th newsletter. We simulate typical situations in regatta sailing in our audio-visual presentation and we use these tips. By doing this, we convey tactical knowledge for a successful “Game against the Wind”.
The complete anniversary edition of SPEED&Smarts and all the other back issues of the newsletters can be ordered from him and you can also subscribe to the newsletter. See www.SpeedandSmarts.com.

World Sailing - Right of Way Rules

The standard program offers also more than 20 tips to present the most important situations, when boats are meeting or crossing their way. When sailing for pleasure - or racing against other boats, you have to know the "World Sailing - Right of Way Rules". Beginners can learn the basic rules in case you have "right of way" or if you have to "keep clear of other boats". In simulated scenes you learn your right of way, if you are on "starboard tack", are the "leeward boat" or how to "keep clear of other boats" in a best matter to avoid crashing.

Coach´s Toolbox Extension

Coach´s Toolbox is available for any sailor as an extension to order

Tactical Sailing helps young sailors get involved with sailing sports in a playful way. "Sailing - a Game Against the Wind" or "Boat Against Boat" offers optimal conditions for this.

First steps for beginners
» driving a boat  - go around
» sailing against the wind - tacking
» take the wind - sail positions and jibe
» Improving boats speed - bear away and luff up

Tactical manuevers for experienced regatta sailors
But even an experienced regatta sailor can find interesting information here. New experiences are gained with each new game in which the sailor must smartly maneuver
» the changing wind conditions
» the right of way against other boats
to her own advantage.  The audio-visual animations from Tactical Sailing are especially interesting for coaches and trainers. These animations can be effectively integrated into seminars and training sessions.

Coaching - use prepared exercises and shape them yourself
Games&Tips plus Coach´s Toolbox "All in One" or as "Add On" to order

Dragan Gasic
Lutz Kirchner
George Blaschkiewitz
Beginners - Luv up
Beginners - Tack - Jibe
Risk zones
Gain and Loss
Wind sytem-2
Startphase - 10 boats
Team Race Four players
Sailing Champions League

The Coach's Toolbox is an important extension for the complete program of "Tactical Sailing - Games&Tips". 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.
With the toolbox, you receive over 30 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. Four sailors - four boats (Multiplayer) can sail a regatta in Fleet-, Match- and Team race as well as Sailing Champions League format. Regattatraining with different wind strengths selectable, wind 1x1 to 8x8, constant or random, shifting and oscillating with gusts and lulls.
Up to 10 boats are your competitors in tactical exercises at the start, the buoys and the finish line. Many qualified coaches already use this special Coach's Toolbox in their work with the "Tactical Sailing" program. 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.

Sailing for Beginners- Basic knowledge for steering a sailboat:
- First steps: Steering a boat
- Luv up and Bear away
- Tack and Jibe
- Sailing against the wind - beating
- Speed: Bearing away and luffing up
- Using wind direction and strength
- Maneuvering with multiple boats
- Right of Way rules

Fundamentals of sailing a regatta on various wind conditions
- Strategy and Tactic against the wind
- Set your own course, starting and finishing lines, marks
- Set your wind conditions, 9 different wind regions (Wind 3x3)
- Strong and light wind
- Wind shifts, perssitent shifts, oszilating wind
- Gusts, lulls

Fundamentals of sailing a regatta and tactical situations from start to finish:
- Starting line with preferred side
- Starting line with On Course Side (OCS) control
- First beat
- Skewed course
- Windward and leeward marks
- Field tactics for upwind and downwind
- Zone and overlapping
- Long leg and lay lines
- Speed and pointing
- Finish line

Special tactical situations for Experts - "Tactic Against the Wind"
- Chance of shortcut
- Risk of extention
- Gain and Loss
- Calculation of facts
- Risk zones
- The "safty Diamond"
- The "Switch Point"
- Distance Made Good (DMG)
- Concentric circles
- Virtual Wind system-2 for experts
- Wind shifts (continuouisly, ad-hoc)

Special tactical situations - "Tactic Boat Against Boat"
- Multi Player 10 boats
- Starting Phase - 10 boats competing
- Windward mark - 10 boats competing
- Leeward mark - 10 boats competing
- Gate - Right of Way
- Protest and Jury
- Fleet Race
- Match Race
- Speed - Velocity Made Good - VMG and VMC
(See screenshots below)

Regatta training for Four boats - Four sailors to start (Multi-Player 4 players):
Fleet-, Match and Team Race, Sailing Champions League.
(see screenshots below)
- Several exercise levels Wind 1x1 to 4x4
- Starting Phase with count down and On Course side control(OCS)
- Windward mark
- Leeward mark
- Zone and overlapping
- Mark room
- Right of Way
- Protest and Jury
- Regattatraining with different wind strengths selectable,
- Wind 1x1 to 8x8, constant or random with gusts and lulls.
- My Race - lay out your own course, 6 buoys, 4 boats.