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Re: Grand Surprise
At the risk of appearing overly critical and not appreciating it when people take the time to video their sailing adventures, I have to say that the camera reveals much room for improvement aboard Gernimo
. In no particular order:
- Crew doesn't hike hard upwind.
- Crew slow moving across the boat and assuming hiking position during and after tacks
- Pit person in poor position on spinnaker hoist to support mast person - she is tailing right up against the rope clutch instead of back near the cabin top winch.
- Too many people on the foredeck during the spinnaker set and gybe, including one guy just sitting in front of the mast
- What? No spinnaker downwind in 23 knots? That seems overly cautious during a race.
- Crew out of position prior to the start - someone is down below while they're in sequence and weight positioning is all over the place as they tack onto starboard to make their approach.
I could probably go on but I would recommend some coaching to take it to the next level.
Couldn't really tell much about the Grand Surprise itself, except that it looks quick in a breeze (and would be even quicker if the crew hikes hard and gets their weight properly positioned and sets the spinnaker).
They are just learning
I found out that there are Grand Surprise even in Australia:
MYC CC 20110130 from Greg Wilkins on Vimeo.
and raced by girls too
Esprit in MYC Marathon 2 2013 from Greg Wilkins on Vimeo.
One going fast:
and one that seems better sailed to me even if this is only a University race with kids:
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Last edited by PCP; 06-11-2013 at 08:47 AM.