to present a series of
LIVE Racing Tactics Webinars in June 2021

First Webinar Starts in


Why North U?

Since 1980 North U has been the most prestigious organization in performance sailing education in the world. ASA has chosen North U to meet the needs of its members who desire taking their sailing to the highest levels. Their programs offer the latest in sailing techniques in an engaging interactive format that makes the course fun and effective.

Why attend a webinar?

Bicycles, bobsleds, sailboats. No matter what you race, you’ve got to be fast to win. If it’s sailboats you race, or cruise, then the North U Sail Trim Live Webinars are for you. They teach the latest in sailing skills with an emphasis on practical, proven, real-world techniques that will help you sail faster.

What Will I Learn?

The North U Sail Trim & Boat Speed Webinars cover sail trim on all points of sail. Upwind topics include jib trim, mainsail trim and helming. Downwind courses cover symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers as well as tips for those who sail under jib and main only.


It takes more than great boat speed to win races.
Success requires strong tactics and great boat speed. At a North U Tactics Webinar you’ll learn the essentials of Racing Strategy, Tactics, and Rules.

Racing Tactics Webinar:

  • A Four Session Course lead by North U Director Bill Gladstone.
  • Sign up for single sessions or the full series.
  • 2 hour sessions, 8 hours total.
  • Q&A available during the live webinars.
  • Sessions available live & on-demand.
  • View, Review, Revisit as often as you like.

    Curriculum (in brief – details below…)

    • The latest in racing strategy, tactics, and rules.
    • Strategic planning for wind, wind shifts, and current.
    • Tactics to keep you in control.
    • Rules so you know your rights and obligations.

      Championship Tactics

      Sailboat racing is complicated. Successful racing requires strategic planning, strong tactics, and a clear understanding of the rules (plus competitive boat speed). The North U Tactics Webinar provides a framework to help make sense of the complex playing field on which we compete. We’ll help you and your team understand where to focus your attention to make the best decisions in an uncertain setting.

      Session Topics

      Session 1: Starting Strategy & Tactics

      Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

      Starts can be chaos. We provide a structure to help you make order out of the frenzy so you’ll get consistently good starts: at speed, on time, near the favored end, going the right way. In Starting Strategy you’ll learn how to decide where on the line to start and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the full array of Starting Approaches.
      In Starting Tactics we teach how to execute your approach, how to create and defend your space, and how to get off the line with speed. As part of tactics we’ll explore the rules at starts. We’ll also share a collection of techniques for better down-speed boat handling and acceleration that make the tactics work.

      Complete List of Topics
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      Session 2: Upwind Strategy & Tactics

      Thursday, June 10th, 2021

      You will learn the fundamentals of Upwind Strategy and how to predict and then take advantage of changing winds and wind shifts. We’ll also explore how to respond (on that rare occasion…) when you’re unsure of what the wind will do next. You’ll learn (surprising insights on) how to position yourself to take advantage of current. You’ll see the impact of wind shifts and how your positioning versus rivals can create opportunities to gain while minimizing potential losses. You’ll learn tactical positioning across the fleet, and how to attack and defend in one-on-one battles. You’ll see how the rules impact tactics and understand the risk/ reward ratios of tactical and strategic choices. You’ll also learn how to balance strategic and tactical considerations and how that balance changes up the beat and through the race. And hey, we’re not always in the lead: At North U we teach you how to catch up as well as how to stay ahead.
      Complete List of Topics

      Session 3: Downwind Strategy & Tactics

      Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

      In Session Three we turn downwind and explore reaching and running strategy and tactics. In the reaching segment you’ll learn proper strategy in various wind, wind shift, and current scenarios; and the tactical challenges of implementing strategy. We explore the tactical considerations of inside vs outside reaches as well as special considerations in mixed fleet and multiple fleet racing.
      Then we explore Running Strategy and Tactics. We’ll show parallels to and critical differences from Upwind Strategy and Tactics. We’ll examine the dynamic changes to the size of our “playing field” and how to predict and take advantage of changing winds and wind shifts so you don’t end up “out of bounds.” We’ll learn nuanced techniques for finding elusive downwind wind shifts and also how to respond when you’re unsure of what the wind will do next. We’ll also explore (surprising insights on) how to position yourself to take advantage of current.
      In fact, let’s get started. We’ve posted a couple of PDFs on Upwind and Downwind One-on-One Tactics. You can download them now click here.

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      Session 4: Rules, Mark Rounding & Finishing Tactics & Rules

      Thursday, June 17th, 2021

      Session 4 of the North U Tactics Webinar will start with a review of the Right of Way Rules, Limiting Rules, and Mark Room Rules. From there we’ll apply the rules and explore in detail the rights, obligations, and tactics of windward and leeward mark and gate roundings as well as upwind and downiwnd finishing tactics and rules.
      You’ll understand all the options for fast windward mark approaches, leeward mark and leeward gate tactics, and essential mark room and finishing rules.
      This segment will include a variety of common scenarios and explore the rights and obligations of each boat as the situations evolve. You’ll leave with an understanding of the rules and the rationale behind them that will allow you to quickly assess any situation.

      Complete List of Topics

      Performance Racing Tactics Book

      Written by Bill Gladstone, the North U Performance Racing Tactics Book takes you all the way around the course.
      The seventh edition covers tactics, rules, weather, and strategy in 180 information-packed pages. The fast moving, easy to follow format is accessible to all readers. Rules are covered the way you use them – (ie upwind rules as part of upwind tactics). The content offers complete information for neophytes and insights which grab the attention of the saltiest dog. Quizzes and skill building sections show how to develop a race winning approach.

      An essential part of any racing sailors library, you can add the Tactics Book to your registration. (The book is not required for the Webinar.)

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      About Bill Gladstone

      North U Director Bill Gladstone has been teaching sailing and racing for decades. The author of the North U Performance Racing Trim and Performance Racing Tactics books and creator of the North U Seminars and Webinars, graduates of Bill’s programs are racing and winning in fleets the world over.


      "Great fun and hugely informative. Fantastic mix of simulator, slides, video, replays and drawing on still shots for clarification. Information unpacked nicely to be accessible, relatable, and memorable."
      Anonymous, Canada
      "The webinar was very well done, the audio and video were very clear, the content was meaningful."
      Pam M, Canada
      "Great content and video quality was great throughout the presentation."
      Anonymous, Ohio
      "The animations and graphics and video were super helpful. I would highly recommend this course for any sailor, whether cruiser or racer."
      Gary B, Oregon
      "Absolutely fantastic, well worth the money and happy I attended."
      Jim H, California

      North U Racing Tactics Package

      Tuesday, June 8th @ 4:30pm PST
      Starting Strategy & Tactics

      Thursday, June 10th @ 4:30pm PST
      Upwind Strategy & Tactics

      Tuesday, June 15th @ 4:30pm PST
      Downwind Strategy & Tactics

      Thursday, June 17th @ 4:30pm PST
      Rules & Mark Roundings

      Full Price$160

      Complete Package$145

      ASA Member Price$120See The Details

      ASA Member Discount

      Save 25% ~ Regular Price $160, ASA Member Price $120

      ASA Members in good standing can save 25% when purchasing the complete North U Racing Tactics Webinar Package. Simply lookup the promo code on the Member Benefits page inside the ASA Member Portal and apply it by clicking "Add Coupon" checkout.

      Not an ASA Member? Join or renew here today!

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      Individual Webinars

      This Racing Tactics course is also available in 4 LIVE sessions

      June 8th, 2021
      @ 4:30PM PDT / 7:30PM EDT

      Starting Strategy, Tactics, and Rules

      • Intro: Strategy & Tactics
      • Get Ready to Race
      • Starting Strategy</strong
      • Where to Start
      • Approaches
      • Starting Tactics
      • Time/ Speed/ Distance
      • Positioning for Speed and Control
      • Common Pitfalls
      • Starting Rules

      2-Hour Live Session

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      June 10th, 2021
      @ 4:30PM PDT / 7:30PM EDT

      Upwind Strategy & Tactics

      • Upwind Strategy
      • Wind, Wind Shifts, and Current
      • Wind
      • Wind Shifts
      • Wind Shifts: None, one, many
      • Current
      • Upwind Tactics
      • Impacts of Shifts
      • Positioning for Shifts
      • Catching Up
      • Staying Ahead
      • Lead to the Shift
      • Lead to the Middle
      • Attack! Defend!

      2-Hour Live Session

      June 15th, 2021
      @ 4:30PM PDT / 7:30PM EDT

      Downwind Strategy & Tactics

      • Reaching Strategy & Tactics
      • Wind
      • Wind Shifts
      • Current
      • Its Just Tactics
      • Tight vs Broad
      • Outside vs Inside Reaches
      • Defend Your Air
      • Rule of Halves
      • Passing Lane?
      • Get Passed Lane?
      • Defend the Inside
      • The End Run
      • Reach or Run?
      • Running Strategy & Tactics
      • Wind, Wind, Wind Shifts
      • Find More Wind
      • Wind Shifts
      • Jibe on the Lifts
      • Find the Shifts
      • Current
      • Lead to the wind
      • Lead to the middle
      • Attack! Defend!

      2-Hour Live Session

      June 17th, 2021
      @ 4:30PM PDT / 7:30PM EDT

      Rules, Mark Roundings, Finishing

      • Right of Way Rules
      • Limiting Rules
      • Mark Room Rules
      • Windward Marks
      • Finishing Upwind
      • Leeward Marks & Gates
      • Finishing Downwind
      • Conclusion: Priorities in a complex endeavor

      2-Hour Live Session