Dissecting the Training Toolbox

Throughout the season, there are a lot of opportunities to get on the water with coaches, but it's important to incorporate each opportunity into your overall plan in the right way.  Here is a comparison of Training Camps, Clinics, and Regatta Coaching to help you plan the right combination for your goals this year.

Training Camps

Training camps generally have more boats, broader goals, and higher sailor-to-coach ratios than other categories of training events, which makes them super productive tools for improving boat-on-boat skills, but it is important to incorporate them into your training plan in the right way.  With many boats on the water, there is a premium on self reliance and goal setting: you need to be able to get yourself on the water on time, and know what your goals for the weekend are.  At our 29er HP training camps, we place a major emphasis on sharing information, and the list of drills is set accordingly:  round robin racing (every crew sails with every skipper), short course boat handling drills, starting line execution drills, and generally a list of weird skill drills to force everyone to experience the boat in a new way.

Best ways to take advantage of training camps: Learn new skills and get fresh ideas for what you should be pursuing in your training at home.  Hone racing skills in a non-regatta environment.

Note for parents: Training camps are generally cheaper because we have more teams to cover costs!



In contrast to training camps, clinics are all about the coach-sailor interactions.  For newer teams, clinics are an opportunity to get immediate feedback on skills such as boat handling mechanics and sail setup.  For experienced teams, clinics are the perfect environment for speed testing and advanced skill work.  At our 29er HP clinics, we try to break up straight line tuning with personalized skill drills and course work to send everyone home with a whole new list of things to work on.

Best ways to take advantage of clinics: Know what you want to improve before the clinic starts so that you can ask your coach to look at specific skills.  


Regatta COaching

The most important thing to remember about regatta coaching, is that without a good training program, regatta coaching is far less effective than spending some quality time at a training camp, or a clinic.  Regatta coaching provides athletes with the opportunity to benchmark their skill set, while coaches can focus on helping to improve communication on the boat as well as tactics, and strategy. Learning tactics and strategy is one of the best parts of sailing, but without a solid foundation in boat handling and tuning skills, it's almost impossible to learn the process of making good tactical decisions.  Once you have reached the top level, regatta coaching is an essential part of developing a consistent playbook.

Best ways to take advantage of regatta coaching: Do your homework between regattas!  Take notes during debriefs so that you know what to work on.  Keep a playbook to document all of your tactical plays.

US Sailing Olympic Development Program All Girls Skiff Clinic

At the beginning of May we organized and coached the first US Sailing Olympic Development Program All Girls Skiff Clinic along with 2012 Olympian, Molly Vandemoer. From May 1-3 twelve girls from around Southern California gathered in Coronado with Molly and Willie for a fast-track introduction to the 29er.

If you are interested in setting up a similar event in your area, please let us know!

February 21-22 Opti Training Camp Announcement

Join us for two intense but fun days of training, designed to help opti racers of all ages and skill levels get an idea for what the next steps are in their learning process.

With expert opti coaches Dane and Quinn Wilson, the weekend's focus will be on boat handling and tuning, and will feature morning chalk talks, individual video debriefs for each sailor, and a bodyweight fitness component, designed to get sailors thinking about how fitness effects their results.

Saturday, February 14
900-1000 Boat setup
1000-1200 Fitness testing and one on one campaign planning sessions
1200-1300 BYO lunch or lunch money
1300-1700 On the water sailing drills
1700-1830 De-rig and group video debrief

Sunday, February 15
900-1000 Workout
1000- 1100 Morning sailing session
1100-1200  BYO lunch or lunch money
1200-1600 Afternoon sailing session

Individual video debriefs sent out via e mail

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