Rigging: Setup your Rudder & Tiller Professionally

This video shows how to properly attach your rudder to the tiller on a laser sailboat so that it never accidentally rises. 1mm of rise can result in significant speed and handling issues. This is very, very common with beginner/intermediate laser sailors and is a controllable variable we can easily dominate before even hopping in our boat. Most recreational sailors do not have their rudder properly secured and the line stretches resulting in excessive weather helm.

In this video we used Marlow Excel Racing 3mm line to attach the rudder to the tiller.

With this setup in place, you can leave your rudder attached to the tiller under your boat cover – this also saves time each sailing session.


Colin Gowland

Colin began coaching for ISA full time in 2015 and has been evolving his Laser coaching methodology on the ISA team ever since. His coaching style has been described as patient, methodical and analytical.

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