The Howard Rice Interview: Wind Indicators and Telltales
One of our favorite magazines, Small Craft Advisor, interviewed expert sailor Howard Rice. In this interview, Rice shared 50 of his best tips for sailing. Today, I want to discuss Tip no. 31- Wind Indicators and Telltales.
“Employ a masthead wind direction indicator and sail telltales. All sailors can become better sailors by using simple non-electronic/non-mechanical wind direction indicators.”
I completely agree with Rice- I can’t tell you how much we depend on our wind indicator. As a matter of fact, it was how we won this sailing race last year.
Last year, at the Utah Summer Games Tyler and I were in our last race on a sunny summer day at Deer Creek Reservoir in Utah. It was down to the wire between us and two other Hobie’s. Tyler was watching the wind indicator and saw a wind shift coming from behind us. We adjusted our sails to take advantage of it. Pretty soon we were making speed in extremely light wind. The other two boats quickly saw our course change and followed suit. It was a close top three at the finish line, but our wind indicator saved our win as we came in six inches ahead of second place.
We use our wind indicator and telltales on every sail we do. When it comes to finding a general wind direction, the wind indicator is well worth the purchase. Our indicator sits on the bridal, but I found some great looking indicators that sit on top of the mast on the West Marine site. Click the Amazon link below to find the best price for a good quality wind indicator.