Originally Posted by ccriders
.....My crew is very intelligent.......
I had to think about this one for a bit. Other than needing a basic level of cognition, I don't think one's higher level of intelligence has much to do with becoming a good sailor. Being a quick study might bring you up the curve faster, but that's not always a measure of absolute intelligence. Some very smart people take longer for things to make sense.
I think these are traits that make for a good student, but certainly don't have to be world class:
- Comfortable on the water (less anxiety allows for clearing thinking)
- Can think well under pressure
- Fight or flight?.... chooses fight (not literally, just willing to take control and not freeze)
- Situational awareness (can visualize things they can't see such as wind and location on a chart)
- Athleticism (at least a basic hand-eye coordination. A klutz doesn't do well)
I think you can train through a few of these, but its harder.
Remember, the original sailors on square riggers, were the bottom of society and fully uneducated and they sailed sailed across oceans. How hard could this be?