If you’re interested in improving your boat speed then you’ll need to practice and refine these settings for your own boat. Experiment with what I’ve written, learn to read your sails and your rig – after a while it’s as easy as reading a book. “That’s the right amount of twist, or my luff tension is too tight, or my forestay is sagging too much.” Pretty soon you’ll get the hang of it. To help you apply these lessons I’ve included a quick reference card. The next time you’re out on the water take note of the wind conditions, your boat speed and the rig set-up. Establish a baseline, then use this card to begin making adjustments. You should see a good improvement in your speed. From there it’s a matter of marking those set-ups to make them easy to replicate.