Summer training is starting to take shape. Here’s what you should know so far.
[Last year] was a first-up effort [with the University of Miami Composites Lab to measure mast bend more precisely] and now that UM are signing-on for a much more expansive relationship with us, I think we’ll see much more progress in shorter time.
-Dr. Peter Logan, US Sailing Innovation, Research and Development Director
Olympic Class sailing is the ultimate endeavor of getting all the pieces “right”. The tricky thing about Olympic sailing is you can’t simply out work another team or squad. Everyone is training full time and putting just as many hours of training in as the US squad. The question arises: Can we train smarter? Can we be more efficient and learn quicker?
By Judge Ryan
The last few summer events have wrapped up in Japan and Europe, which means we're officially in Fall training mode. With a few Oakcliff prize money events in the next few weeks, some USST training, ODP training, and more, there's plenty going on to stay in a racing mindset, while really drilling down into boat handling details this fall.
Stage 1 of the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series brought together 44 of the top North American sailors in the 49er, FX, and Nacra 17. Four of the competitors were US Olympians: Trevor Burd, Chris Rast, Paris Henken, and Anna Tunnicliffe, who has a gold medal in the laser radial... “The conditions were really puffy and tricky so our strategy was to stay consistent and take the points where we could get them…turning sixes into fours and threes into twos if we could,” said Burd...
Summer days are getting shorter, part timers are headed back to school, and the regatta season has wound down for a few months. This presents a great opportunity to get out there and train by yourself, focus on new skill development, and make sure that you come out swinging in March. Here's the current winter calendar and some thoughts beyond.
“This sailing is very different from youth classes. In youth classes most programs give you all the tools, coaching and logistics to succeed. In this class you have to do this yourself. Lucy and I were always thinking about how we could turn an inch of support into a foot of progress. Time with a coach and/or other good teams was valuable and rare so we planned carefully so as to not miss a single minute of time on the water.”
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