Welcome to the Race to Win Sailing Podcast!

Race to Win is a sailing podcast brought to you by raceQs.com. In each short episode, sailors analyze 3D regatta replays and discuss racing tactics, rules, and winning strategies.

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26 - Sail Trim with Will Paxton, Quantum Sailmaker

We sit down with six time national champion, Will Paxton, to discuss both upwind and downwind sail trim. Watch Paxton’s raceQs’ Geovid as the Quantum sailmaker and designer gives a breakdown of his performance during a one design Express 27 race.

25 - Racing 101: Tacking on a Header

We analyze two races on the same day and show just how much it changes your race to try and punch through headers, instead of tacking in them.

24 - RACING 101: SHIFTING GEARS UPWIND

Experienced racers constantly change gears and make adjustments to get most out of every puff, lull, and shift. Remember, just sitting in the groove doesn’t win races. Review the five gears of sailing, each designed for a different set of conditions or goals.

23 - TACTICAL WEAPONS: THE LEE BOW

You can use your boat’s wind wash to disturb the air of a sailboat by tacking directly underneath them, and slightly ahead of their bow. This is the “lee bow zone”, and is a great way to catapult yourself to a better position in the race.

22 - WIND SHADOW AND COVERING

A great introduction on how to use your wind shadow to cover someone, and how to escape a cover without losing too much ground. We introduce a new wind shadow feature in the raceQs’ replay that changes size with the speed of the wind.

21- IMPROVE YOUR TACKING PATTERN

The VMG polar charts in raceQs are a great tool to evaluate how quickly you complete your tacks and recover your speed.  Each second, a colored dot indicating your VMG appears on the chart, showing your VMG for that last two minutes in a color-coded cloud.

20 – UNDERSTANDING THE RACEQS' DASHBOARD

This podcast goes over the six gadgets in the raceQs replay dashboard: VMG, Course Over Ground, Speed Over Ground, Drift, Compass Heading, and Heel. The raceQs’ phone app records data every second and displays in a color-coded histogram. 

19 - The Jib: View From The Top Part 4

Finishing out our four part series is this brief podcast on Jib draft depth and position.  We also talk about how to see the jib twist, and how the car position and sheet tensions affect trim.  The view from the top gives us so much information about our sail trim, it took four podcasts!

18 - Improve Your Tacks

Now you can finally tell when a tack is really good, or really terrible, and why.  In this podcast we review the basics of raceQs’ tacking data and discuss the primary goal of tacking: lose as little time as possible.  We’ll explain how you can measure your tacking angle and how slow you get.

17- The View From The Top: Part 3 - Trimming The Main

In this podcast we look at the the draft depth and draft position on the main. Because GeoVids are synced with sailing data, we can search for moments of good VMG and evaluate how we trimmed our sails to get those positive results. We can also look at how our trim adjustments played out over time.

16 - The View From The Top: Part 2

We continue the series on creating GeoVids using a camera mounted at the top of the mast.  In this episode, we discuss how to evaluate Weather Helm, Steering, and have an introduction to Mainsail Twist.

15 - Two Pros Duel on the Upwind Leg

Watch two professional skippers vie to be first to the windward mark in this superb race from the Adriatic Sea.  We use this race to demonstrate many of the basic interface and analysis tools available in raceQs replays.

14 - The View From The Top: Analyzing Sail Shape

We have designed a simple and cheap way to send your GoPro to to the top of the mast and record your race from the “top”.  This angle is a great way to analyze  jib trim, car placement, helm position, and the shape of your sails.

13 - Velocity Made Good

In this podcast we review VMG, or velocity made good, and essential concept that describes a boat progress to windward or to leeward.  We show how to use the raceQs tool to monitor your boats VMG, and discuss the difference between VMG and VMC, or velocity made to course.

12 - THE EDGE OF THREE BOAT LENGTH ZONE: PROTESTS AND TECHNOLOGY

In this Podcast, Julia uses raceQs’ Geovids to evaluate situational awareness skills on the water.  Also, we discuss using new technologies as evidence in protest hearings.

11 - Two Way To Sail Less Distance Part 2

In this podcast, we review how to make sure you’re sailing the least possible amount of distance by always being on the lifted tack, and we show that trading height for speed on the upwind leg is rarely worth it.

10 - Hitting the Mark: Avoidance and Recovery

This short podcast uses raceQs GeoVids to explore ways to avoid hitting the mark, and how to recover from this common mistake.  GeoVids are videos that are synced with raceQs’ 3D replays to provide more advanced post-race analysis. 

9 - Two Way to Sail Less Distance Part 1

In this podcast, we review how to make sure you’re sailing the least possible amount of distance by always being on the lifted tack, and we show that trading height for speed on the upwind leg is rarely worth it.

8 - A Short Introduction to Leverage, Risk and Reward on the Upwind Leg

In this podcast, we expand the upwind race geometry series by talking about the ladder rungs, the rhumb line, and building leverage.

7- Starting Strategies: The Port Tack Approach

This daring strategy takes advantage of the natural holes in the fleet that develop just before the start.   While some sailors consider the port tack approach more of a back-up plan than a strategy, it can be very useful in a crowded fleet.

6 - Some Basics of Upwind Geometry

In this podcast, we review laylines, ladder rungs, and the danger of getting to close to the edge of the course.

5 - Starting Strategies Episode Three - The Dinghy Start

This installment of the sailboat race starting series teaches you how to execute and avoid the pitfalls of the common dinghy race start. Also, get a quick tip on how to figure out which end of the starting line is favored.

 

4 - At the Leeward Mark, Never Leave the Zone

In this podcast, Jacon breaks down a chaotic rounding at a leeward gate.  The conclusion:  in your attempt to make a wide-and-tight rounding, or to get your spinnaker down, never leave the zone.

3 - Starting Strategies Episode Two – The Full Speed Approach

Looking for a new strategy to get you clear air at the start of your sailboat race?  Watch and learn how to execute the Vanderbilt Start, a full speed approach that gets you out of the pack and over the line while maintaining maximum maneuverability and control.

2 - Leeward Mark Basics: Round Wide-and-Tight

We demonstrate the cardinal rule of leeward-mark roundings: start wide and finish tight. Using an example from the 2013 Melges 24 World Championships, we show how failing to start wide and finish tight at the leeward mark puts a boat in a lower lane than her competitors.

1 - Reaching Out and Reaching In

This podcast is the first in a five-part series about sailboat race starting strategies.  Watch an example of “Reaching out and  Reaching In“, a classic starting strategy used successfully in club races every weekend.

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