RIYC Tactics & Strategy Classes with Maurice “Prof” O’Connell

Prof is one of Ireland’s best known racing sailors. He has won numerous national and international titles and has coached everything from Optimists in Dun Laoghaire to the Star at the Olympic Games. His passionate and engaging teaching style makes for a very informative and fun experience.

Date/Venue: Four Tuesday nights in March 2014 @ RIYC, Dun Laoghaire. March (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th)

Time: Start 7pm, finish 10pm, with 15 min coffee break.

Cost: €50 for the 4 sessions. Payable to the Royal Irish Yacht Club.
Book online at Or email for booking form.

1. Pre-race planning
  • weather
  • current
  • expected windshifts
  • competition
2. Pre-start analysis
  • line bias
  • bias vs first leg strategy
  • bias / strategy vs. boats types (in mixed fleet)
  • rules at start line
3. Upwind
  • lane management
  • windshifts
  • cross or dip?
  • laylines
  • rules between boats meeting and at windward mar
4. Reaching
  • high or low?
  • GPS
  • rules (clear astern, windward leeward, entering the “zone”)
  • Downwind tactics
  • gybe set or bear away set?
  • who is steering and what wind angle to sail?
  • gybe on the lifts but where are they?
  • lane management
  • rules when boats meet
  • Finishing – which end?

Video: Every session will be accompanied by video of actual Dublin Bay racing. Slides and video will be made available for attendees.
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