Against the Wind - first beat decision!

Eran Sela from the Israeli Sailing Association wrote to us about his experience on using "Tactical Sailing" for the first time in a training camp for young Optimist sailors two weeks ago.

Eran: “I was using the “Against the Wind - First Beat”. And it was really good to show them “Line Bias”, the disadvantage of sailing in a “Header at the start”. And also “Layline changes in shifts”.

Eran himself has participated in several International Championships with the 470 Class, including the Olympic Games 2012. At present he is Infrastructure Coordinator for the Israeli Sailing Association.

He was impressed by the Tactical Sailing program: “Wow, so the program has so many features! I will need some more time to learn it, but I'm sure many other options will help me a lot to explain the theoretical stuff.


I think after I will do a few more presentations, coaches and their clubs here around will be interested in using the program too ... they were quite positive! I think that it can help us to teach in our courses and seminars which the Association organizes and runs.”

We at Tactical Sailing are looking forward to more news and positive feedback from Israel.




Decisions at tactical situations

These tactical situations on starting line, first beat, shifts and lay lines will set your success for a race. With Tactical Sailing 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. You can simulate a scenario at the starting line bias when the pin-end is favourite for climbing-up the wind-ladder already by 3 steps



The simulation of Tactical Sailing Tips* for beginners are also very useful tools for a coaches. Here are two examples you should remember*.

- Tack when you get headed!
In an oscillating breeze, the most basic rule of thumb is to tack when you get headed. By doing this you will stay on the lifted tack and sail the shortest distance up the beat. Ideally you should tack when you are headed to the median wind direction.

- Avoid corners and laylines!
On beats and runs, the corners and laylines are usually bad places to be because:
1. You may overstand the mark and therefore sail extra distance; 
2. You will lose to other boats if you get a lift or a header; and
3. other boats may tack or jibe on you and give you bad air all the way to the mark. This is why it’s usually better to stay away from laylines, especially when you are far from the windward mark.

If you already have a license key for Tactical Sailing, you can download a free update to the latest software here. The Tactical Sailing Software can be downloaded directly from the net (39 €), or with extension Trainer-Toolbox (+20 €), "All in One" (59 € ). It runs on almost every computer (Windows, Linux, Mac). See the features at and order the game on the website as a download.

* Tactical Sailing Tips - Rules of Thumb: © David Dellenbaugh
Sources: Photos are © Israel Sailing Association
Links to: Israel Sailing Association (click or copy url-address into your browser)