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Introducing UK Sailmakers new podcast series, Lessons Learned, created to help sailors around the world up their games. For over a decade, our website’s How To section has provided instructional videos, photos, and documents on a broad array of sailing topics. With “Lessons Learned,” we’re taking our instructional chops to a higher level. This is the first installment of “Lessons Learned,” which is a conversation with UK Sailmakers Northwest’s owner Stuart Dahlgren about the 2022 Pacific Cup Race. Stuart skippered his Santa Cruz 70 WESTERLY to second in class and second overall in ORR. Topics covered in the podcast include WESTERLY’s sail inventory, sails built for the race, the sailing conditions as well as new ways of using performance data to improve helmsmanship and more.
00:00 – Start
00:40 – Introduction
02:18 – Sail Configuration at the start
04:59 – Reaching Jib Inventory
09:25 – The Race Frees Up: Setting Reaching Sails
12:30 – First Running Spinnaker Up
14:01 – Sailed the Rhumbline
15:59 – The last 24 hours
17:47 – New A2.5 Spinnaker
19:17 – Helmsman Helping Instrument Readout
23:00 – Inventory Changes for 2023 Transpac