we already wrote an article about the vang tension in the downwind. We still receive many questions and comments on the videos at our YouTube channel and official SportVid library. A lot of these questions have something to do with the sail setup and especially with the correct vang tension.
Tacking is a crucial part of sailing. In a Laser you can tack really fast. The technique you need to use, depents on the conditions of the wind and sea. Learn the important part of tacking and how to perform a perfect roll-tack.
It is very difficult to be consistent on the starting line. There are a lot of variables and it is impossible to control them all. One of the most important things to decide before the race is where to start.
A short clip of how to round the downwind mark. Watch how Roelof makes a perfect and fast mark rounding. We give you the most important focus points of what to look for. A full video with more tips and tricks is available for free in our SportVid app!
DOWNWIND MARK - MARKROUNDING - RACING - TECHNIQUE - LASER
The start is only the beginning of the race. You cannot win the race at the start but you can certainly loose the race at the start. It is important to see the start as the beginning of the race. Learn how to make a perfect start and be fast off the line! For the complete Optimist videoserie click here!
One of the most important trimlines on a laser, the Cunningham. We show you what happens with the sail if you adjust the Cunningham, and what the ideal setting is in all conditions! For the complete trimguide, click here!
Take a look what to look for when sailing a Laser fast upwind. Roelof Bouwmeester shows how it is done and how you can practice it for yourself. Check it out, and pay attention to how wel balanced his boat is...!
In this video you will learn how to set op your vang correctly. The vang is the most important setting in the downwind. By making sure your vang tension is correct you will increase your average downwind speed significantly!
The traveller is the trimline, which is the hardest to adjust during sailing. You don't have so many options, but is is really important to set it up correctly before you start your training or race. See how to set it up perfectly and which line to use best.
Learn how to sit in an Optimist in all conditions. When the pressure in the sail changes, you need to keep the boat level, by smoothly change the way you sit in the boat. Watch the basic steps and how to do this fast and smooth.
A good look at the regatta-center in Medemlik - NL. We discuss the most common wind-directions and what to look out for in the different conditions. The perfect video to prepare yourself for a regatta in Medemblik!