Gain six seconds and win

Published on November 2nd, 2023

by Wally Cross, Quantum Sails
Each fall, I hear the same concern from numerous customers: “If I just improve my rating by six seconds a mile, I could win races.” My response is always the same — “Then get faster by six seconds a mile.” To maximize your rating potential, ensure your boat is fast in all conditions. Gaining those six seconds starts now.

This is the perfect time of the year to consider the various aspects that affect a sailboat’s speed. I am currently working with a local boat, and naturally, the goal is to win races. Here’s my checklist of areas to focus on:

• Weight below
• Rig symmetry, rake, and tune
• Deck layout and markings — recording
• Sails — shape and condition
• Instruments
• Below the waterline
• Spring sailing (Your system for winning)

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