The little boat has been around for 35 years plus and there is a lot of information out about how to sail it.
So this BLOG is just some ideas to bounce off.
If you are just starting then go to PRIMARY ADVICE of Feb. 09. That is the best starting place.
There are a lot of books and DVDs to tell you how to do it.
Dick Tillman "The Complete Book of Laser Sailing" The first and revised and new sections added. The old bible
Glen Bourke "Championship Laser Sailing" How to, plus the story of his run to World Champion.
Ben Ainslie "The Laser Campaign Manual" includes a CD ROM. Great picture sequences.
Ben Tan "The Complete Introduction to Laser Racing" Not written by world champion but biggest and most complete with training and medical section. If you only have one book, get this one.
Tim Davidson "The Laser Book" Some of the best pictures.
Paul Goodison "RYA Laser Book" Great pictures and advice with some simple things glossed over.
"Laser Coach 2000 CD" Computer thing with around the course format.
Rick White "Red Hot Sailboat Racing DVD" Basic DVD The one to start with.
Steve Cockrell "Rooster Sailing Lasser Boat Whisperer" both "Up wind" and "Down wind" DVDs These are the MUST ones. Advanced sailing. Do a lot of the other stuff first so you don't get to scared with the high wind materal.
Michael Blackburn "Bass Strait Laser" Crossing Bass Strait is a long time on a broad reach. Amasing what he puts on and can still sail a Laser. Surfing and gybing sequences. Maybe share this one with friends but you can skip this one.
"Advanced Laser Boat Handling" DVD by the Laser Training Center in Cabarete. Instructional DVD pictures of professional type sailors demonstrating tacks, gybes, etc. If you really want to be good you should see this DVD.
"Sailfit Seminars" DVD Sailfit.com... 82 minutes from Kurt Taulbee's Seminars in Clearwater, Florida. He has given a 5 day seminar here in Eustis, Florida. and is well thought of. Tillerman attended at least one of his in Clearwater. A good look at seminar exercises and lots of stuff done the wrong way with Kurt's comments. The comments cover some new ground for us. You should see the no rudder exercise, if you have ever tried it and given up. How about pulling up the centerboard on the starting line, if you want to slide to lee a little.
"Daring Downwinds-- Clearwater Pass" DVD Sailfit.com Kurt Taulbee's video of the high winds and high waves as the tide rips out the pass, the high winds blow in and crazy radial sailors try to get back in. Some comments about how to handle it by Kurt, but more questions than answers. A little like the Bass Strait Crossing, but with a bunch of wipe outs.
At Lake Eustis Laser fleet you can borrow all these books and DVDs from Sam. In another fleet maybe just divide them up and get most to pass around. All the advice is not the same and you get a little different flavor from each.
Now if you do that -- you can skip all the stuff I put in the right hand side of this blog.
I am an old guy that has sailed Lasers for a few years, and do it locally, and encourage others to join us. We have a good little group going -- have some extra boats to loan and invite you to come and join us on Lake Eustis in central Florida.
Look for me at Lake Eustis Sailing Club and check the web site.
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I am rolling a patch work of things in Chapter 10, so I get them in the record. It is time to get back to more simplistic sailing remarks.
Well, maybe I really don’t need to get back, because I think I have covered about every thing — but this stuff keeps popping up. We need more reminding. I need to be practicing some of this sailing stuff so it comes off better.
So to finish off Life Coach:
1) Drink 2 cups of green tea daily. Some stuff in there that is good for you.
2) Listen to music. (Good for the brain.)
3) Keep flowers around. (Probably ditto)
4) Brush and Floss –something to do with immune system. Then did you ever see our multiple world champion bite the sheet?
Don’t miss an opportunity to share thoughts and if necessary to forgive and tolerate. Yes, those bad dumb things, ideas and actions of others.
So you didn’t approve. So you think your way would have been better. Did you notice, that things don’t always work out the way you think they should?
Maybe you are angry? Anger is when you are upset with someone that does a thing that you think is stupid and it affects you. (Maybe if it doesn’t affect you , it is just funny.) Actually doing stupid things and making mistakes is how we learn. Remember? Did you have that learning process? OK, don’t be upset when others are learning. Education is a long road sometimes.
Take a moment to consider where the other person’s thinking originates. They might be right. They might be wrong.
Turn the problem around and go at if from a different angle, if you need to, but don’t miss the opportunity to forgive and tolerate and discard any anger.
Those hormones that are good for you will circulate through your whole body.
Will it make you sail faster? Happier anyway....
Sit down with a big pile of paper, pencils and erasers.
On the first sheet list these five areas- 1) Relationships, 2) Work, 3) Play, 4)Money, and 5)Health. List what you would like to do in each area. List and revise. Erase and scratch out.
On the next sheet write down where you would like to be with each of the five areas in 5 years. That is the 5 year plan. The next sheet after the five year plan is the one year plan.
The following sheet is the 6 month plan. Another sheet is the one month plan.
Then another sheet for the one week plan.
Now we are down to the one day plan. You might divide that up into Monday, Tuesday, etc. Whatever you think will work.
Review all this tomorrow and next week.
Change the plans if necessary.
Simplify if you can.
You are not perfect– just trying to get there. Keep working your system.
Welcome criticism. The Chinese symbol for crisis and opportunity are the same. Don’t be afraid to change the goals.
Close your eyes and visualize the long term results and the the daily activity of each.
Plan a reward (some special treat) for making a goal in a month or two months. Maybe something related to one of your goals. The carrot on the end of the stick.
Enjoy your sexuality. You will find it linked to exercise, (increases it ) and to longevity and good health (increases it). The bonding and the touching releases oxytocin which increases attentiveness, ameliorates depressive symptoms, ameliorates pain, reduces stress hormone production, and improves immune function.
This is a tricky chapter, because there is evidence that a small amount of alcohol may be good for longevity, but it is not clear how this is achieved. Is it some kind of stress reduction? Years ago the message was one drink was good, but more than that got quickly much worse. Now we have a suggestion of two drinks for males and one drink for female. More drinks than this quickly loses any advantage and sharply fall into various health and social problems.
This activity that was once against the law because of the bad effects.
This activity is still against the law for a certain age group. Then on a birthday, it shifts from being against to the law because it is so dangerous, and now maybe we can recommend a little on a regular basis.
How about bing drinking as apposed to one drink a day. I don’t know of any studies, but imagine it to be very dangerous, particularly when joined to operation of boats, cars and machinery. And if it is combined with other drugs.
Alcohol can be lethal in one big dose, but fortunately in that amount, there is enough irritation of the stomach that the subject can’t keep in down. Saved by vomiting.
Under the influence of alcohol we think we are smarter, but testing shows immediate deterioration of knowledge , judgement and coordination.
The problem in private and social situations is that a second and third drink are offered and/or pushed.
The social setting encourages more drinking . A sober or more sober participant may have a hard time staying connected to a drinking group.
Alcohol is an addicting and dangerous drug. Once addicted, withdrawal can lead to dangerous reactions, seizures and death.
“Black outs” can occur with regular drinking in that one doesn’t remember what happened during a drinking period. I had a friend, that after a period of sobriety, was so happy because he can now remember who he had a fight with last night and where he left his car.
An addicting dangerous drug. Life coach recommends “none” as the safest answer. I would not recommend small doses of any addicting and lethal drug.
Where does that leave the “dark and stormy” sailing community? I think they are seriously at risk.
LASER SAILORS MAKE THE BRAIN WORK BETTER. Life Coach Chapter 4
1. The brain is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. It develops more connections. It has more reserve in case it loses some function.
2) Stabilize the blood sugar. This is the only fuel supply the brain uses. Too much or too little is bad.
3) Exercise-(back to Chapter 1 )- reduces dementia by 50 %. Thinner people have less Alzheimer Disease. Moving and exercise increase hormones that are antidepressant and anti anxiety.
4) Learn new movements. That is different place in the brain.
5) Stay calm. Meditate. Pray. It all works. A little stress gets action and is good, but a lot does bad things.
6) Laugh! It releases good hormones.
7) Surround yourself with positive people– it is contagious.
8) Remind yourself about four good things that you are happy about.
9) Learn new things. Read a book. Learn a language. Turn off the TV.
10) Keep a Journal. A good place to write down the things that up set you and then forget them. Put in the happy stuff also.
11) Maintain memory. Review old memory to make it stronger. Review new things to make those connections better and associate them with unusual parts or action. Odd things help you remember.
12) Sleep well. 7 to8 hours. Nap if you need. Chemicals in the brain recharge themselves during sleep. Be short on sleep and the brain deteriorates.
13) In your Laser get you head down when you tack and gybe. Getting hit in the head is bad, bad, bad. Football player and Soccer headers sustain gradual as well as sudden injury. The brain is soft mush inside a rigid bone box. Don’t shake it up.