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Yachts - Use Of Paint And Black Lead For Outer Surface
Further, it cannot be impressed too strongly on the racing yachtsman that the skin friction should be reduced to, a minimum in order to obtain the greatest speed.
Yachts - Canvas Vs. Wooden Skin
NOT a great deal can be said in regard to canvas and wooden planks for the outside covering of yachts. Canvas stretched tightly over very light wood construction is the lightest possible skin that will stay tight without leaking.
Yachts - Hauling And Drying Out
HAULING out between races for the purpose of repairing, drying, and polishing is of great importance in the racing boat. The boat must be clean, light, and in repair in order to be able to get the most out of her.
Yachts - Rigging, Blocks, Etc.
THE art of rigging, and such it can well be called, plays no small part in the success of the racing yacht. The rigging is part of the driving power and is the cylinder and crank shaft of the engine, and must be of the right strength, weight, and pro-portion throughout.
Handling The Racing Yacht In General
IN handling the racing yacht the skipper or manager of the craft must be sure that she is in the best possible condition for a hard race.
Yacht Racing - Laying Courses, Setting Marks, Etc.
IN laying out the courses you must bear in mind that draft of water is essential, and there should be at least fifteen feet of water everywhere, if possible, so the boat can sail freely and not drag bottom.
Yacht Racing - Direction Of Wind In Regard To Course
IN choosing or setting courses the judges must always set same according to the direction of the wind.
Yacht Racing - Flying And Time Starts
YEARS ago a fleet of yachts was started in a race from their anchors, when it was necessary to weigh anchor, hoist the headsails, and depart. This way of starting cut out all skill in maneuvering, and it came down to the crew who were able to get their craft under sail first.
Yacht Racing - Maneuvering For Position At Start
THE position that a yacht is in at the start sometimes is important enough in itself to decide the race. Take for instance, a fleet of ten or fifteen knock-abouts, all practically alike, varying only in small details, your boat being the best to windward, but only slightly so.
Yacht Racing - First Leg To Leeward Or Windward
THE position of the boat on the starting line depends upon the direction of the wind, whether it is a beat or a run to the first mark. If it is a beat, and in a strong breeze, get everything set up taut, and especially the peak of the mainsail.
Yacht Racing - Rounding Marks
THERE are many effective ways of rounding marks, depending on circumstances ; the direction of the next leg in regard to the wind, whether to windward or to leeward ; the question whether you are overlapped by another boat or you have an overlap yourself.
Yacht Racing - Allowances For Tide Or Current-Shoal Spots
IN a great many localities, especially on salt water, the tide or current runs strong enough to be carefully figured on in sailing a race. You should always know whether the tide is coming or going, and in what general direction it runs on various parts of the course.
Yacht Racing - Beating To Windward
SAILING to windward or beating to windward is the one special condition of sailing that requires skill to get good results.
Yacht Racing - Reaching
REACHING, for the modern small racing boat, is the fastest point of sailing in most conditions.
Yacht Racing - Running Before The Wind
RUNNING before the wind is the point of sailing that is usually most monotonous. As the boat is traveling with the wind, you cannot feel a draft and it is often very warm.
Yacht Racing - When Two Boats Are Converging
ONE of the most common occurrences during a race, and perhaps one of the most important incidents, which calls for the nicest handling is when two boats are coming together, or converging.
Yacht Racing - Two Boats Approaching A Mark
When you are approaching or rounding a mark, carefully figure out what certain moves will result in when once around.
Yacht Racing - The Team Race
YACHT racing today is divided mainly into three kinds of races the Match Race, Team Race, and Fleet Race. The Fleet Race is where each boat is racing for herself, this being the most common kind, but for scientific calculating and sport the Team Race leads, and if the Match Race be close, it should have second position in importance.
Yacht Racing - The Match Race
THE Match Race is the type of race now in use for the America's Cup, where there is only one boat on a side, sailing a series of three out of five races for a win.
Yacht Racing - The Fleet Race
THE Fleet Race is the common type of race for a number of boats, each one for himself. There is possibly some luck in the finishes of the Fleet Race.
Yacht Racing - Setting And Taking In Light Sails
WHEN the setting and taking in of light sails is done or handled in a clever, quick way, it is a matter of great satisfaction to the captain and crew, and sometimes is worth minutes to all concerned.
Yacht Racing - Reefing
REEFING during a race, except for a squall, is not a possible thing to do among the modern boats and win. If you attempt to reef, somebody else will lug their sail, and you cannot make up for lost time unless it blows a hurricane and your opponents are completely overpowered.
Yacht Racing - Accidents To Sails, Spars, Rigging, Or Crew
THE accidents that happen to the racing boat should be few, if the boat is properly tuned up and every-thing tested out thoroughly and replaced when worn. However, no matter how careful a person may be, accidents are sure to happen once in awhile.
Yacht Racing - Positions Of Crew During Race
THE positions of the crew during the race is of no little importance. They should be stationed so that they can handle their respective sheets without moving about and should also be able to utilize their strength to the best possible advantage.
Yacht Racing - Compass Courses
THERE is not a great deal to be said in regard to compass courses for small racing boats, as generally the races are sailed on inside courses and the marks can be seen when you have approached within a mile of them.
Yacht Racing - Types Of Small Racing Yachts In America
USUALLY the type of the small racing yacht is directly dependent on the locality in which she is to be used. For instance, deep water allows either the keel or centerboard ; shoals, bays, rivers, and lakes, especially of the smaller size, usually mean a shoal centerboard.
Yacht Racing - Salt Vs. Fresh Water
IT is necessary in practically all cases to use the water for sailing that is nearest your home, if of any magnitude, and be very thankful to have that, as there are many men very fond of sailing that for some reason or other can never take part in the sport.
Yacht Racing - Necessity Of Expert Judges And Timers
THE necessity of having for officials in yacht races the best possible men procurable cannot be too strongly impressed upon the racing yacht clubs.
International Small Yacht Racing
INTERNATIONAL small yacht racing should be encouraged in every way, as it is by far the most satisfactory race to win, on account of its international character.
Yachts - Laying Up For The Winter Season
WHEN hauling your boat out in the fall for winter storage, decide on the yard you will go to, and then get a figure from the owners of the yard for hauling out, covering with canvas, or putting in a shed, and launching again in the spring.
Yacht Racing - Amateur And Professionals
THE difference between an amateur and professional is that the amateur has not been paid for sailing or handling a boat, whereas the professional has.
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