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Tactics Seminar Eugene

Tactics Seminar Eugene

It takes more than great boat speed to win races. You need strong tactics and great boat speed. At a North U Tactics Seminar you’ll learn the essentials of Racing Strategy, Tactics, and Rules.

– Sunday, April 24th, 2022
– A day-long course led by veteran instructor Andrew Kerr
– Starting Tactics to get a good start every time
– Upwind Tactics to hit the shifts and sail in clear air
– Downwind Tactics for spinnaker and non-spinnaker racing
– Mark Rounding and Finishing Tactics

Eugene Yacht Club
26126 Bangs Road,
Junction City, OR 97448

Registration fee includes a simple lunch.

RISK FREE Registration – FULL Refund if you cancel

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North U Tactics Seminar
Sunday, April 24th, 2022
Eugene Yacht Club
26126 Bangs Road,
Junction City, OR 97448

For this location lunch is included.

EYC is located at the northwest corner of Fern Ridge Reservoir.


It takes more than great boat speed to win races.
Victory requires strong tactics and great boat speed. At a North U Tactics Seminar you’ll learn the essentials of Racing Strategy, Tactics, and Rules.

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.
– Click here to check the full list of dates and locations
– Risk Free Pre-Registration. Full refund if you cancel.
– Sign Up NOW.

Andrew Kerr
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.

Championship Tactics
Sailboat racing is a complex endeavor. Successful racing requires strategic planning, strong tactics, and a clear understanding of the rules.

Racing Strategy
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.

Tactics Too
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/.

And Rules
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.

Top Instructors
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
Click here to see the full tour schedule and to sign up.

Tactics Course Topics (Course runs from 9:00 – 4:00)
I Strategy, Tactics, Rules

  • Strategy: Wind, Wind Shifts, Current
  • Tactics: Other boats, Rules

II Starting

  • Starting Strategy:
  • Where to Start
  • Approaches
  • Starting Tactics:
  • Time/ Speed/ Distance
  • Positioning for speed and control
  • Common Pitfalls
  • Starting Rules

III Upwind Strategy & Tactics

  • Wind and Wind Shifts
  • Current
  • Lead to the shift
  • Lead to the middle
  • Attack! Defend!
  • Windward Mark Rules and Tactics

IV Downwind Strategy & Tactics

  • Wind versus Wind Shifts
  • Current
  • Lead to the wind
  • Lead to the middle
  • Attack! Defend!
  • Leeward Mark Rules and Tactics

Conclusion: Priorities in a complex endeavor


Event Details

Start date: April 24, 2022

End date: April 24, 2022

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 04:00 p.m.

Venue: Eugene, OR

Coordinates: 44.1158° N, 123.3131° W

Phone: 541-321-0332

Email: bill@northu.com

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