North U Tactics Seminar
Sunday, March 19th, 2023
Bellingham Yacht Club
2625 S Harbor Loop Dr,
Bellingham, WA 98225
It takes more than speed to win races.
The North U Tactics Seminar teaches the strategy and tactics you need to turn your speed into a podium finish. Starts, upwind, downwind, mark rounding: With top instructors and refined curriculum you’ll learn techniques to improve your game all the way around the course.
Racing Tactics Seminar:
– Full day seminar (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) with North U’s Andrew Kerr.
– The latest in racing strategy, tactics, and rules.
– Strategic planning for wind shifts and current.
– Tactics to keep you in control.
– Rules so you know your rights and obligations.
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– Risk Free Pre-Registration. Full refund if you cancel.
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A veteran North U Seminar Leader, Andrew combines outstanding teaching skills with practical real-world insights derived from his championship experience as both skipper and crew. Andrew is a winner at every level – from dinghies to small and large keelboats, round-the-buoys and over distance, in local, national, and world championships. His racing prowess combined with his easy, approachable teaching style have earned him renown as a seminar leader.
Sailboat racing is a complex endeavor. Successful racing requires strategic planning, strong tactics, and a clear understanding of the rules.
You will learn the fundamentals of upwind and downwind strategy and how to predict and take advantage of changing winds and wind shifts, and also how to respond (on that rare occasion…) when you’re unsure of what the wind will do next. You’ll learn (surprising insights on) how to position yourself to take advantage of current, and critical insights on differences in wind shift strategy upwind versus downwind. In addition, you’ll learn starting strategy to get you positioned for consistently competitive starts.
The course covers tactics and positioning against groups and in one on one battles. You’ll learn critical approach, positioning, timing, and lead/ push techniques to control opponents and clear space at starts. You’ll learn tactical positioning across the fleet, and how to attack and defend in one on one battles for clear air and control both upwind and downwind. You’ll understand all the options for fast windward mark approaches, leeward mark and leeward gate tactics, and essential mark room rules.
In fact, let’s get started. We’ve posted a couple of PDFs on Upwind and Downwind One-on-One Tactics. You can download them now from https://northu.com/downloads/.
The seminar covers rules the way you use them (ie, upwind rules as part of upwind tactics). You’ll understand your rights and obligations for starting, for each leg of the course, and for every mark rounding.
It is Tricky…
The North U Tactics Seminar provides a framework to help make sense of the admittedly complex playing field on which we compete. We’ll help you and your team understand where to focus your attention to make the best decisions in an uncertain setting.
North U Tactics Book
Written by Bill Gladstone, the North U Tactics Book takes you all the way around the course.
The seventh edition covers tactics, rules, weather, and strategy in 180 information-packed pages. The fast moving, easy to follow format is accessible to all readers. Rules are covered the way you use them – (ie upwind rules as part of upwind tactics). The content offers complete information for neophytes and insights which grab the attention of the saltiest dog. Quizzes and skill building sections show how to develop a race winning approach.
An essential part of any racing sailors library, you can add the Tactics Book to your registration at a discount.
Not every great sailor is a good teacher. Our seminar leaders combine outstanding racing skills with years of teaching experience. The focus is on your sailing, not their sea stories. Bring your questions… Leave with answers.
Schedule and Locations
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Tactics Course Topics (Course runs from 9:00 – 4:00)
I Strategy, Tactics, Rules
- Strategy: Wind, Wind Shifts, Current
- Tactics: Other boats, Rules
- Starting Strategy:
- Where to Start
- Starting Tactics:
- Time/ Speed/ Distance
- Positioning for speed and control
- Common Pitfalls
- Starting Rules
III Upwind Strategy & Tactics
- Wind and Wind Shifts
- Lead to the shift
- Lead to the middle
- Attack! Defend!
- Windward Mark Rules and Tactics
IV Downwind Strategy & Tactics
- Wind versus Wind Shifts
- Lead to the wind
- Lead to the middle
- Attack! Defend!
- Leeward Mark Rules and Tactics
Conclusion: Priorities in a complex endeavor