I spend my life staring at sails from the coach boat, trying to work out what is fast, what is slow, how the shapes match the modes, and the modes match the conditions.
Written By Willie McBride
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.