Sailing How-To

Learn from sailing experts, basic sailing how tos, sailing tips, sailboat racing techniques, racing rules, sailing advice and more at Sailing World.

Wingfoiling in the ocean

Steps to Better Wingfoil Tacks

Like any boathandling skill or board skill, repetition is key, but these simple steps from a world champion will help you nail your wingfoiling tacks consistently.


Dr. Charles Shoemaker, Dr. Robin Wallace, and Nancy Parillo convene at Newport YC for the Frostbite season's first hearing.

The Lemming Effect

How many times have you started a race, unsure what the racecourse is? The answer should be, “never.”

Sail Trim

harken zircon block

Harken Zircon Block Range

Could there possibly be a better block? We check in Harken engineer Matt Schmidt and Harken test pilot Ravi Parent to hear what makes the Harken Zircon Block range an efficient thing of beauty.


How to Fill the Foretriangle

With modern sail design and hardware technology, ocean racing teams have more versatility with their sail inventories. Here’s how one team developed a winning inventory for the 2022 Bermuda Race.

Jib sag/headstay tension

Dynamics of Headsail Trim

The wind across your sails is dynamic, so too must be your sail trim. Pro sailor Erik Shampain explains the fundamentals of active headsail trimming.