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I came across a windsurfing blog post with a link to an Excel spreadsheet (titled "Ultimate Windsurfing Equipment Size Calculator"), developed by James Douglass. His spreadsheet runs some calculations using several factors: windsurfer's weight sail size The spreadsheet has several reports/graphs: Boards: Minimum size beginners board you should ...


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The Low point scoring system is used. The winner is the boat with the lowest score at the end of the event or series of races. The first boat across the line gets 1 point, the second 2 points, the third gets 3 and so on. For boats who are entered but did not start (cross the start line legally)(DNS), Did not finish (DNF) or were disqualified (DSQ), they ...


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According to the International Yacht Training ICC page: Completed ICC Application Form Jpeg format headshot photograph Scanned copy of passport or national identification Scanned ICC Examination Form completed by the IYT Worldwide partner school that conducted the examination. CEVNI Test - if completed (this is only required for inland ...


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In addition to JW01's post, a key step change in the sizes you should use comes at the point you progress past uphauling to water starts. When you uphaul, a large sail can be incredibly difficult, as the wind tries to push it back down into the water, and if you can't uphaul rapidly you will tend to pivot round leaving the mast pointing upwind - so a ...


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It depends what you mean by "losing control" and by "ideal sailing boat". Some boats are designed for cruising, some for off-shore, some for racing. They each make compromises when out of their ideal conditions. For example a racing boat may have a lighter keel which needs to be longer to generate sufficient righting moment, but this would prevent it from ...


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Usually it will turn into the wind Most sailboats will turn into the wind and drift downwind (and down current, if any) if the helmsman were to let go of the tiller or wheel steering the boat. If the sailor also released the sails' sheets the vessel would drift slowly downwind. The reason most sailboats turn into the wind when steering control is released, ...


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Distance to Finish (DTF) is the simplest and most common way to measure distance in sailing. If you take a Great Circle line (the shortest distance on the surface of the Earth) between the boat and the next mark, buoy or finish, that is the DTF. Once round the next mark, the measurement starts again to the following one. It isn't an accurate indicator of ...


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The best way to learn how to use a boom vang is really by using it, but here are some guidelines that I have taught at Sailing Schools, and used to great effect when racing: in very light wind, you actually don't want tension on it at all But if you have a large swell or rough seas in a light wind, leaving the vang too loose will let your boom bounce up ...


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