Ten Things I Have Learned This Sailing Season.
It finally hit me that there is only one more race left in the season. So naturally I began to look back at the season and evaluate how successful a season it was. From a standings point of view it sucked... We were killed again and again and again. True...Last year we had better overall standings, but I am looking at this year as an overall building year.
A regular crew is now established and working well together, we made huge changes to the deck layout and revolving crew, and we tried to sort out what our speed issues were. It was a year for large changes and experimentations. For this reason I am not going to get hung up on the standings. I know it takes time to build a fast and quality boat and crew and I definitely thing we are moving in all the right directions to be at the top of the fleet at some point in the near future.
Surfing around there were some other sites with threads of top things people have learned this year. The one that really stood out in my mind was Learn something new each time you get on the water, and teach it to everyone else. This person went on to say that on their boat it is not uncommon to have an impromptu seminar on the way out or at dock. I think this is an excellent way to have everyone on-board on the same page. So in that spirit here are 10 things I have learned this season!
10. In class regattas, coming in DFL is a great way to motivate the crew into not coming in DFL next regatta!
9. One Design racing is where it is at!
8. The J24 has a very narrow performance curve.
7. If you are slow on the water....Look inside the boat not at the boat.
6. Approaching each mark make sure you project where you and your competition will be at the 2 boat length circle before you get there, so you can work out your rounding strategy and have the rules work to your advantage instead of against you.
5. Know the rules before going into the room, and work out details of events with your crew as soon as you get back to dock.
4. No matter what the forecast is calling for it to blow... Assume it will be less and undertune slightly.
3. No matter how much you ask the crew to watch below you, it is ultimately the skips fault if you get in a collision.
2. To win consistently you will need to lose consistently then start making changes one at a time till you win.
1. Never trim ropes down on a boat (most importantly the halyards) when you have a hang over.