Sail Smart

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Overview

Master your instruments and turn on-board information into racing results

Modern sailors are bombarded with a wealth of information from their on-board instruments. From apparent and true wind speed to boat speed and speed over the, there's no shortage of data to interpret. Sail Smart shows you how to become the master of your instruments and make the right calls every time, knowing for certain when to tack, which shift to look out for, how the tide can work for or against you, ...

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Overview

Master your instruments and turn on-board information into racing results

Modern sailors are bombarded with a wealth of information from their on-board instruments. From apparent and true wind speed to boat speed and speed over the, there's no shortage of data to interpret. Sail Smart shows you how to become the master of your instruments and make the right calls every time, knowing for certain when to tack, which shift to look out for, how the tide can work for or against you, and much more. With diagrams and full-color photographs throughout, this accessible and instructional guide turns information into excellence.

•Unlock your winning potential
•Maximise your onboard instruments
•Learn to think like a professional yachtsman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781119942375
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Chisnell divides his time between professional sailing and writing. He has competed as a navigator at the highest level and has written a series of technical sailing titles, Mark has also written three fiction titles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Position Fixing Systems 1

Some Thoughts 1

The Global Positioning System 2

Using the GPS 6

Chapter 2 Instrument Systems 15

Stand-Alone Equipment versus Integrated Systems 15

The Wind Triangle and some Nomenclature 16

Chapter 3 Setting Up an Instrument System 23

Some Comments on the Calibration Process 23

Calibration of the Compass 25

Calibration of the Boat Speed 26

Calibration of the Apparent Wind Speed and Angle 27

Calibration of the Depth 34

Calibration of the Heel Angle Gauge 35

Calibration of Leeway 35

Calibration of the True or Sailing Wind 37

Don't Panic!! 45

Damping - High or Low? 46

Chapter 4 Some Instrument Techniques 49

Start Lines and Wind Shifts 49

Heel Angle or Wind Speed? 54

Anticipation 55

Chapter 5 Polar Tables and Where They Come From 57

What are Polar Tables? 57

Polar Table Accuracy 59

Velocity Prediction Programmes 60

Velocity Made Good and Target Boat Speeds 61

Data Collection and Performance Analysis 64

Chapter 6 Instrument Techniques using the Polar Table 71

Next Leg Calculations 71

Velocity Made Good to the Course: VMC 73

Weather and Current Routing 80

Appendix A A Quick Guide to Calibration 83

Appendix B General Maintenance 89

Appendix C Calibration Records 91

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