With CBI being closed until further notice due to COVID 19 I have been trying to think of a couple ideas that we could do to still have some fun on Fridays at 5:30. So starting next Friday 4/3 at 5:30 I am going to host a web conference on ZOOM where we can discuss some racing footage. We’ll do this first one as a trial run to see how it goes. One positive of note is that since we’re not on state property, you’re welcome to pour yourself a beer or cocktail while we chat. If this sounds interesting to you please let me know if you have any good footage to go over. I’m excited to see everyone again, be well and talk soon. I will send out the link to the ZOOM meeting at 3:30 on 4/3 in the Friday Night Informal Racing Google Group.
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Last practice today. We’re going to work on starting practice and boat-handling. We’ll start with the starting practice, then do some boat handling, then return to the starting practice again.
The starting drill will be a starting line with a ~20′ section per boat. You’ll get assigned a section, and have to stay in it between 20 seconds and go without tacking. We’ll use a 2-minute starting sequence just to keep things rolling.
Our next drill will be the Bow up-bow down drill. Same start line. Three whistles means luff up hard and stop your boat, but be ready to bear away and accelerate. Two whistles means bear away and accelerate. Consider this to be about 15 seconds before the start, so you only have a few seconds to get up to full speed. Use all of the tools in your box to turn as well as to slow or accelerate your boat.
Once we get sick of this, we’ll do a little upwind sailing and practice tacks. The two keys for the tack are 1. not turning so hard you stop your boat (start the tack as if you were shooting the finish line or windward mark, and then continue past head to wind), and 2. coming out of the tack on a close hauled course.
Great breeze out there today. Should be fun on the water, and the temp is really nice too.
I’d like to set up some two-boat speed testing, we’ll pair up, and go upwind near each other, and see if we can identify items which are helping one boat or the other go faster/slower/higher/lower. Also will help us identify shifts. We’ll use a really long course, just so we can stay in one place. Then we’ll dissect and discuss on the way back downwind.
It’s important for these speed tests to set up near enough to the other boat that you get the same breeze, but not so near that you’re affecting each others’ breeze. You may have to adjust periodically or after tacks. Please communicate within your pair to be sure you’re both in the right spot.
See you at 6pm!
We will have practice just a few weeks this year, on Tuesday evenings. Please be dressed and rigging on the front of the dock by the start of practice. You will get more out of each practice by reading the briefing each week before coming to practice.
- Practice 1 – Tuesday, May 28 18:00-20:00
- Practice 2 – Tuesday, June 18 18:00-20:00
- Practice 3 – Tuesday, July 2 18:00-20:00
- Practice 4 – Tuesday, July 16 18:00-20:00
A big Thank You to those who participated this season. It was a good summer and I think most of you got a lot out of the practices. We’ll aim to do something similar next summer. These practices can actually be more effective with more boats, so let’s try to spread the word to other regular racers.
Two things to think about during the next few months of sailing:
- What we discussed yesterday was to focus on leaving your tacks at the right angle, and with the right sail and hull trim. Basically, begin sailing fast again as soon after the tack as possible. This doesn’t mean rushing the tacks, but instead accelerating immediately after them, rather than staying slow for a while before getting back to proper techniques.
- You might find this Race Q’s app interesting. If you can get a few sailors to use it, then you can track how you did in a race, perhaps see how good or bad each tack or leeward mark rounding was, etc. You might find a couple items to work on.
That’s about it, but there’s plenty of racing still going on out there. Don’t miss it, as it’s what you’ve been practicing for!