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
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.
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.”