Did a North U sailing trim and tactics course this weekend. 60+ participants, 30 volunteers, 20 boats and perfect weather (a miracle for our lake).
We had 5 famous sailing coaches fly in from around the USA and Canada and they put it too us. It was great for a few reasons.
Our boat won the races, that’s always nice. But how that happened was really interesting.
The crew on my boat, all knew each other but had not sailed together. Sailing is really a symphony between all members of the crew, some good choices and luck to make your boat go fast.
But the first thing we realized is, we have all developed different ‘short-hand’ practices on each of our boats, which crashed our symphony to the ground.
There were some mild tense moments and then a magical thing happened. We were coach-able.
We put our ego’s, stupidity, ignorance on the side and went about the business of getting better. We did what out coach told us. The boat went super fast and it was great. Read more