America’s Cup sailor Peter Isler (Dennis Conner's tactician) and other experts show the beginning to intermediate sailor how to get maximum performance from a non-spinnaker production boat.
Item #300.........1 hour

Getting That Extra KnotPeter Isler (Dennis Conner's navigator in America's Cup Races) and some other experts help give a complete sailing course for beginners to intermediate sailors.

If you ever wondered why a person with the same boat as yours is passing you by while you're both under sail, then this is the tape for you to watch.

As the outline below describes, we cover everything you need to know to Get That Extra Knot.

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--- Complete DVD Table of Contents ---
00:00 Crew sailing on the Magic Lamp

01:44 Opening comments by Gene Grossman, Magic Lamp Skipper: Differences between the rigs (ketch, yawl, schooner, sloop, catboat) and fractional rigs. Mast placement on the rigs (% of length), description of headsails. Running and Standing rigging (backstays, running backstays, headstay, jibstay, forestay, upper and lower shrouds, spreaders, chainplates). Running rigging (rope -vs- sheets)

16:20 Tony Lizza conducts new members' Orientation at Pacific Sailing Club. Mainsail trim (vang, halyard, traveler, outhaul & mainsheet) Ways to improve trim for better speed under sail (halyard tension, outhaul tension). Controlling depth of the sail. Performance going to weather.

18:30 Trying Tony's suggestion under sail on the Magic Lamp.

19:15 back at Pacific Sailing to discuss outhaul tension with Tony Lizza

20:10 Steve Curran (Transpac race winner): the effects, pro's and con's of "Heeling" [wetted surface]. A boat is designed to be sailed "on its lines." Relationship of Heel, Wetted Surface and Skin Resistance

22:00 Tony Lizza: Traveler Position: enough "twist" in the sail: "spilling wind" out of the sail.

23:00 Peter Isler: using the Traveler and MainSheet. Keeping the mainsheet tight.

24:07 Tony Lizza: using the boom vang to flatten the sail. Holding wind in the sail. Trimming the mainsheet: keeping the top batten parallel to the boom.

25:20 Bob Hoffman (head instructor at California Sailing Academy): "Parts of the Sail" (luff, foot, leech) and how to use the Traveler, Cunningham, Outhaul and Vang to control each part of the sail (leech tension, luff tension). Also, proper placement of the "draft"

28:55 Tony Lizza at Pacific Sailing: Further trips on sail trim: Always trim the back of the mainsail Always trim the front of the headsail; halyard tension; two genoa sheets, genoa cars. Use the "telltales" to see where the air movement is on your sail.

31:00 Bob Hoffman: the Bernouli effect: (Lift, Side Force, Keel Resistance)

33:10 Steve Curran: the "airfoil" effect of a sail, plus value of tell-tales, and the "full sail is a properly trimmed sail" myth.

35:30 Tony Lizza at Pacific Sailing: Draft and Depth of a sail and how to adjust them both properly with the Outhaul and Sheets and what the "Draft" is and how to move it to the proper position on the sail. When to move the draft (under what sailing conditions). The Draft-forward position.

38:00 Peter Isler: understanding the wind. The theory behind "Apparent Wind." 

40:00 Bob Hoffman: relationship between "true wind" and "apparent wind;" trimming with the helm.

44:30 Pacific Sailing: Tony Lizza discusses the "slot" between the mainsail and the headsail; controlling the slot by moving the "genoa car" on its track for headsail sheet control. Demonstration of trimming techniques and how they affect the shape of the sail, making a "flat foil" and changing the slot position

48:00 Peter Isler: position of the "clew" corner of the sail: close to the block or farther way. How to bisect the angle - how to line up the jib sheet and where to position the jib leads. Common errors we see people making on other sailboats. A "feeling" for close-hauled sailing. Close Reach and Beam Reach: the easiest points of sail. Watching the tell-tales. "When in doubt, let it out..." and constantly re-check, to see that you're always just on the verge of luffing.

52:10 Bob Hoffman: "let the sails tell you when to adjust." It's like a neon sign when a sail starts to luff. It wants to be pulled in a little until the luffing stops.

53:20 Peter Isler: whether or not a properly trimmed boat will sail itself. The effects of keel type on weather helm or lee helm. Why a sailboat really sails sideways. The "angle of attack." The benefits of proper education. "You never stop learning."

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