June 14, 2016 Practice Briefing

Good breeze prediction for Tuesday, 12-18 kts from the WNW. Our focus will be on speed control, both going top speed, and remaining in control when downspeed. See you for a briefing on the Longfellow end of the dock (rigged) at 1800 hrs sharp:

  1. follow the leader: as you get out onto the water, make like Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack and fall into line behind the coach boat, stopping, starting, tacking, turning and gybing behind the boat in front of you — try to stay as close as possible without passing them. Practice slowing, accelerating, turning sharply, and just generally controlling your boat speed.
  2. upwind whistle drill: tack on one whistle, 360 on two whistles, stop boat on three whistles (to stop upwind, luff your jib, head into the wind, and back your main briefly), restart on three whistles (to restart, bear away, and then rock the boat to leeward as you trim the last two feet of mainsail).  Focus in these drills is once again speed control; going fast, slowing agressively, and then getting back to full speed. Tacks will be secondary this week.
  3. downwind whistle drill: gybe on one whistle (always to a reach), go from reach to run on two whistles, from run to reach on two, slow/accelerate boat on three whistles (to slow your boat downwind, luff your jib, head directly downwind, and overtrim your main. If you can heel one way, and steer hard the other way, this will also help you slow.  Stopping is not necessary, but an agressive slow can be useful. To restart, ease, let the boat heel over, and then flatten.)
  4. pursuit race: start by rounding the windward mark in ascending order by sail number (or another order directed by the coaches) — from the windward mark, go to the offset mark, then the leeward mark, and finish back upwind between the windward and offset marks. The goal is to pass as many people as possible during the race. The second time around, start the race in reverse order by sail number. Getting set up as you approach the windward mark (and continuing the set up until you’re around the offset mark) is part of the drill, requiring speed control and timing.