Many thanks to everyone who sent us their entries for the dry bag competition last month. We were really delighted with the response. The winning entries are printed below and dry bags are on their way to you.
I’m a US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Instructor and have the great pleasure of introducing many new sailors to the sport. In class we talk a little about racing but a lot about wind and how the wind affects your course. Because every student learns differently, I have about 3 ways of explaining almost everything. The Wot-Tac can suddenly help some students “see” the wind and how changes in the wind change decision making on the race course. You can really see the light go on when the Wot-Tac has been able to help a new sailor visualize concepts like “wind shift,” “favored tack,” and “favored end.”
I’ve sailed since I was a young boy and I’ve done lots of different sailing from dinghies to keelboats. It can be frantic on a keelboat doing some serious racing and the wot-tac can be an invaluable guide to helping us predict where the wind will be over the side of the boat. It’s one of the gadgets that’s become invaluable and an indispensable part of the kit bag.
Paul Vernon,Southampton, England
Once I saw the wot-tac I was hooked. Because it’s so easy to use it makes predicting the start line bias very easy. I sail a Cork 1720 in Cardigan Bay and knowing where the bias of start line is crucial and then when I’m on the windward mark I can use the wot-tac to tell me whether a gybe set or bear away set is preferred. So all in all the wot-tac has become a regular part of my kit.
Andrew Brook Skipton, Yorkshire, England
I bought the wot-tac on the internet as it was such a good price and I thought that it would be a useful tool as I’d come across the Musto Compucourse some time ago. It’s been a fantastic addition to my sailing and my crew find it an invaluable tool when we’re plotting races.
M.Walker Melbourne Australia