Practice Notes, 3/3/2016

Light wind shifting 40 degrees to the right, plus 37 degree temps, made for challenging practice conditions. We actually got, I think, the most out of a not-so-great sailing day. Things to learn today were:

  • beginning to remember what team racing boat-handling is all about. Stops/starts, controlling speed, controlling height at low/no speeds.
  • Instantly recognizing, then executing plays when drills suddenly became team races.
  • Learning about Leg 2. Lots of good moves here, and also enough mistakes made to know that I hope we got better today, and learned from them.

Observations

  • Crews generally need to do a much better job with down-speed jib trim. This is a critical skill. Ask me about this.
  • Wearing a wool hat, thermal underwear, and gloves seems to allow the body to retain heat, which allows the brain/muscles to function more efficiently. Why put yourself at a disadvantage?

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