A: If you ask any small boat sailor what the fastest mode of sailing or wind direction is, they would say a beam-reach. This is when the wind is hitting the boat at a 45 degree angle to the wind.
So how would you know if you were at a beam-reach or another wind direction if you didn’t have something to tell you where the wind was coming from?
Understanding wind accuracy and direction is the most essential tool you have to increase both your boat speed and your skill level in sailing. Unlike other Wind Indicators the BLACKBIRD Wind Indicator works for you when your boat is heeling over.
Any person who sails for pleasure or competition should have a BLACKBIRD Wind Indicator with gimbal because the wind is constantly changing. It would be extremely difficult for you to know the direction of the wind and how to trim your sails without it.