Rules & Tactics

Tactics are dictated by the Rules. At this American Sailing Performance Racing Seminar powered by North U you’ll learn how the rules create rights, obligations, and opportunities. Taking place all across North America, these in-person seminars involve a full day of classroom-based instruction. The interactive presentations are taught by experienced North U sailing coaches.
SAT • FEB 3RD, 2024
149 / person
Full Day Seminar
Rules at the Start
Upwind Rules
Downwind Rules
Mark Rounding Rules
Rules at the Finish
Live Q&A
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30% Off Early Bird SpecialExpires Wednesday January 10TH, 2024 at 11:59 PM
“Complex issues were described clearly in a manner that was both easy to understand and in depth. ” ~ JD
“The instructors grasp of the material and informal manner put the class at ease and allowed for great interaction. Tremendous knowledge and entertaining too!“ ~ J Franklin



Why Attend A Seminar?

In-person seminars offer personal interaction with instructors. You can ask questions, seek clarifications, and get feedback tailored to your needs and skill level. Seminars also provide an opportunity to engage with the sailing community and make connections with other local sailors.

What Will I Learn?

This Rules and Tactics seminar will teach how the rules create rights, obligations, and opportunities all the way around the course. We'll cover starts, upwind legs, downwind legs, and mark roundings and for each, we'll break down the rules and tactics that will help get you to the podium.

Who Should Take This Seminar?

This seminar is geared toward sailors of all levels. If you're new to racing this course will introduce you to the rules, and the tactics, to help you be competitive. For those more experienced racers, there are plenty of in-depth discussions of rules, and different scenarios, plus lots of tips & tricks that you can use to improve your results.

Powered by North U

North U has been the leader in performance sailing courses since 1980. Their programs offer the latest in sailing techniques in an engaging interactive format that makes the course fun and effective. North U seminars feature great instructors – expert sailors with years of teaching experience.

Rules as Tactical Tools

This seminar takes an in-depth look at key areas around the race course and demonstrates how the rules can be used as a tactical tool in various scenarios. The presentation includes spectacular videos of many of the tactical situations being discussed. Common scenarios are analyzed from the perspective of each boat. You’ll see how to play through the moves and counter-moves to get to your best solution.

Rules & Tactics at the Starts

Starts can be chaos, but a good start can set you up for an even better finish. Learn how to make order of the frenzy. Success in these fast-paced and changing situations depends on a clear understanding of regular and special rules that apply at starts.
  • Regular Rules at Starts
  • Special Rules at Starts
  • Transitions, Rights, Obligations
  • Changes at the gun
  • Avoiding Common Starting Pitfalls

Rules & Tactics on the Upwind Legs

How hard can it be? There are only two choices: Keep going or tack. Learn how to position yourself versus rivals to create opportunities to gain while minimizing potential losses. Understand tactical positioning across the fleet, and how to attack and defend in one-on-one battles.
  • Port Starboard (and Starboard Port)
  • Two Boat Scenarios
  • Three Boat Scenarios
  • Positioning Relative to Groups of Boats
  • Control
  • Freedom
  • How to Attack! Defend!
  • Quality Tactical Communication

Rules & Tactics on the Downwind Legs

Explore reaching and running tactics where the trailing boats attack and leaders defend! We’ll look at how to attack, how to defend, and how to extend.
  • Port Starboard (and Starboard Port)
  • Windward / Leeward
  • Overtaking and Rule 17
  • Attacking at arm's length

Rules & Tactics at the Marks

Learn the many tactics for fast and smart windward and leeward mark approaches, roundings and exits, including leeward gates and finishing line tactics. You’ll see how a clear understanding of the rules can pay big dividends as the crowds converge at each rounding. We'll cover a variety of common scenarios and will review the rights and obligations of each boat as the situations evolve. You’ll leave with an understanding of mark rounding priorities that will allow you to quickly assess any situation.
  • Windward Mark approach, rounding, exit tactics
  • Leeward Mark approach, rounding, exit tactics
  • Tactics at Leeward Gates
  • Finishing Tactics Upwind and Downwind


The most complete book on modern racing tactics, North U Performance Racing Tactics 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 – (i.e. upwind rules as part of upwind tactics). The content offers complete information for those new to racing as well as those who already have a lot of experience. Quizzes and skill-building sections show how to develop a race-winning approach.

The North U Performance Trim and North U Performance Racing Tactics books are NOT included in the registration fee, and will not be available to buy in person at the seminar. We strongly recommend you order any books in advance from the American Sailing Online Store.

SAVE 15% + FREE SHIPPINGWhen you register for the seminar be sure to include one or both North U Performance Sailing Textbooks and SAVE 15% plus all orders in the United States also qualify for FREE SHIPPING.


To complement the in-person seminars we are offering attendees the option to also own the online classes. Get instant access to these on-demand classes when you register and prepare for your seminar today. Plus you'll have unlimited access so after the seminar is over you have the opportunity to review topics as often as you need.

SAVE 75% + INSTANT ACCESSWhen you register for the seminar be sure to choose one or both North U Performance Sailing Online Classes and SAVE 75%! Your confirmation email will contain instructions on how to access the on-demand classes instantly!



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A veteran North U Seminar leader, Andrew combines outstanding teaching skills with practical real-world insights derived from his championship experience as both skipper and crew. Andrew is a winner at every level – from dinghies to small and large keelboats, round-the-buoys, and over distance, in local, national, and world championships. His racing prowess combined with his easy, approachable teaching style have earned him renown as a seminar leader. [READ MORE]
Andrew Kerr - North U Instructor/Coach


Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
9:00AM - 4:00PM ET

North Sails Detroit
24777 Forterra Drive, Warren, MI 48069

Regular Price


ASA Member Price


Receive a full refund of your registration fee (including fees paid for lunch and certifications) if you cancel at least 14 days before the event. Fees for textbooks and on-demand content are non-refundable.


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