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Get Ocean Race Ready

Posted by Carl Crafoord on Aug 22, 2019 11:00:52 AM

With the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race fast approaching, it's time to ensure your boat is ocean race ready!

Carl Crafoord is currently preparing for his 34th Hobart Race on his Cookson 12 "Sail Exchange" and is happy to share his knowledge on the race and boat preparation. This includes rules and advice on safety gear, storm sails and sail numbers. Plus Bettina shares her catering tips and menu she will be preparing for the big race!

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How to choose the correct headsail for your sailboat

Posted by Carl Crafoord on May 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Whether you're a club racer, ocean racer or enjoy extended cruising, managing your sail inventory can be a challenge. The trick to balancing boat optimisation with cost is having headsails with the broadest possible range so you can carry less on board and be kind to the budget.

It doesn’t matter what type of sailing you prefer, most headsail inventories on yachts carry compromises and trade-offs to cover a range of conditions with various wind speeds and wind angles.

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How to choose cruising and racing Spinnakers for your sail boat

Posted by Carl Crafoord on Feb 13, 2018 3:10:09 PM

So you’ve decided to invest in a spinnaker. How do you know which type of kite is best for your needs?

There are many varieties of spinnakers all with different shapes. Depending on your level of competence and the number of crew, there are specific shaped spinnakers for specific wind angles. For example on a Racing Yacht we would carry at lease 5 different shaped spinnakers for various wind angles and wind speeds. We also have a full crew. However on a Cruising Yacht you want to carry less spinnakers and you almost certainly have less crew.

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