Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Port Dover, Ontario
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Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend
I gotta tell ya - I'm impressed as hell.
I've got a couple of newbs on my boat this year, and they're working hard getting ready - reading books, attending crew courses, but you are over-the-top!!
You're getting great help and advice here, too.
One thing I'd like to add, further to my additional comments (thanks to Milkjug - his/her comment made me think of it).
The most difficult/complicated/stressful parts of racing are the maneuvers and transitions. windward and leeward mark roundings most of all.
Some skippers do not clearly express what they are planning, and what they want you to do - just like Milkjug said. Don't be afraid to start that conversation yourself, if it doesn't seem to be happening naturally. Maybe not the first maneuver, but if by the second, you don't feel the communication is good enough, a simple question like 'Hey Skipper - how is this rounding going to go?' might get it going. If not, follow up questions like 'Port or Starboard gybe', 'are we going to try to go inside of that guy', or 'you want me to trim the sheet, and THEN switch sides, right?' are helpful.
You seem like a pretty squared away, outgoing, confident person - so I don't think this is too much to remember. If you're overwhelmed, just remember:
1. Breathe; 2. Talk; 3. Fun; 4. Buy Beer.