Friday, May 8, 2009

Light wind down wind.

So we want Marc to get a little better– and I am dead last in the 5th race on Sunday. Charlies Jensen and Marc are about 5 or 6 boat lengths ahead of me and Charlie is on the left, lounging in the cockpit with his feet out to the side and the boat straight upright. Marc is in the middle of his cockpit with the stern dragging a little and both have gybed to port. Sam is on starboard, by the lee, boat heeled to windward, and sitting up next to the dagger board. After the race and after I pass them I am going to tell them about how to do it right, except Mark sails away a little and Charlie J disappears down to inside at the mark and I struggle to catch a couple of boats on the short beat to the finish (that one with massive shifts, I think). Sometimes all the good stuff, just doesn’t seem to work.
I hope that most of you reading this realize that Alejandro is doing transitions down most of the leeward legs. Not sailing dead down wind, but starboard by the lee big time to get inside and shake off anyone trying to steal his wind. Then he turns right and goes broad reaching for a little ways and then back to by the lee. He does a good job on the beat, but really puts the races away going down wind.
He is out in front showing you how to do it. You spent the day –“paid” for the lesson. It is not his fault if you are not paying attention.

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