Dave Jones, RS800 sailor, race tactician

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My name is David Jones. I regularly sail a RS 800 in north Wales and have known about the wot-tac for some time. I have been sailing for a number of years and recently I was offered the opportunity to sail on a Bénéteau First 40.7 during the Antigua week. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity of being a tactician on the Bénéteau First 40.7 and I took with me a wot-tac. I used the wot-tac regularly to be able to predict where the wind would be for the second and third legs of a race. And I must say that it worked every single time. It made the work of preparing the yacht for a race so much easier knowing which side of the Bénéteau First 40.7 we should raise the spinnaker. It was especially useful as a couple of the members of the crew would not as experienced as others. I used the wot-tac at the beginning of the race before our Bénéteau First 40.7 even went over the start line and I could see from how the wot-tac works that it will easily predict start line bias.

I can also see that the wot-tac will be extremely helpful for predicting Olympic sailing courses and trapezoidal sailing courses. It really does take the hassle out of preparation. It enables a sailor to know or the numbers before getting out of the water. I found I could concentrate on winning the race far better having used the wot-tac.

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wot-tac explained

Using the wot-tac is simple.

  • First, find the bearing of the true wind direction.
  • Second, set the bearing into the dial, which clicks every five degrees and then
  • Move the pointer arm to the same bearing.

wot-tac is ready!

Use it once you’ll never sail without it