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Story Contributors: Ruairidh Scott, Tim Healy, Allan Terhune


Downwind Techniques

In this J/70 webinar,  North Sails experts Tim Healy, Ruairidh Scott and Allan Terhune talk winning downwind techniques.

Topics covered include:

  • 3:21 Displacement VMG Mode (2-7 knots)
  • 15:31 Displacement Soak Mode (8-12 knots)
  • 25:14 Displacement Wing-on-Wing (8-13 knots)
  • 47:15 Marginal Lazy Planing (14-16 knots)
  • 1:01:28 Planing (16 knots)

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Story Contributors

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Ruairidh Scott

Sail Designer — Gosport, United Kingdom

Ruairidh Scott is a World Champion in the J/70, J/80 and J/111 classes, as well as European Champion in the Swan 45, J/70, and 1720.

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Tim Healy

Global Head of Sales — Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Tim has won 18 major titles, including three World Championships. A three-time All-American Sailor at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, Healy also won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. His success in the J/70 class includes North...

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Allan Terhune

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Allan has been with North Sails since 2007 and serves as North American One Design Manager. Allan Terhune, Jr., has won 14 National and Continental Titles (in the Lightning, Flying Scot, MC Scow and Thistle Classes) and was crowned the...

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