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.
- 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?