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Self-Racing Part II
While strongly advocate first crewing on another boat for a few races before getting your own boat in the thick of it there are ways to increase your learning curve when you race your own. I understand that you specifically are soloing in your Hobie (maybe you can take another person), but if you, or others, eventually get a multi-crewed boat, here are some suggestions:
- "Hire" a competent "Old Race Salt" to be your tactician/deck boss. Let them worry about were to go, when to trim/ease sails, strategy etc. You focus only on driving the boat.
- Make sure everyone understands what there responsibility is and who they take "orders" from. For example Mast listens to foredeck and helm only. Main trim, helm and jib trim, etc.
- When you do get crew, try to keep them on your boat if they are competent and get along with others. Shed the incompetent ones and jerks. I'd rather sail man or two down than have incompetence and jerks on my boat.
- Once you have a good crew, keep folks in a position for a few races for them to learn it well.
- If your totally out of a race, don't abandon and head for the bar. Practice tacking/jibing, even if there is no race reason to.
- In the above situation, don't give too much warning sometimes. Just say "tacking/jibing" in 5 seconds." Eventually will result in faster tacks/jibes in race situations.
- Once in awhile change crew positions. Not all at once, but say make the main trimmer the mast, or switch foredeck person the jib/spinny trimer. People will understand boat better and become a more coherent and competent crew.
- Lot's of folks start motor and head right in after crossing the line. Instead, keep sailing. Offer crew members chances to take helm during sail back and have a relaxing sail back.
- After race, talk about mistakes and what can be done to improve.
- DO NOT YELL at or speak condescendingly to crew. It's supposed to be fun. If you become known as a ***** captain, no one will want to sail with you.
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Last edited by DrB; 07-24-2013 at 11:33 AM.