Month: March 2020

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Escape the Start

Article by Willie McBride (originally found here) At the 2017 49er FX World Championship, three teams went into the medal series with a shot at winning. The starting percentage for each team: 33% plan A starts, 33% Plan B starts, and 33% Plan C starts. So often in sailing we hear a story about how […]

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Adaptation

Boat ramps are closed. Beaches are closed. Public parks. All non-essential business. How are we adapting to this temporary shift in public life? Just like in sailboat racing, we need to be prepared for any condition or situation that comes our way. No one was ready for the global impact of the coronavirus. And there […]

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What’s Up With the Jellyfish?

If our team had a mascot, it would be a jellyfish. But not because the jellyfish has any attributes that we desire. The jellyfish to us is more like a warning label. It’s a reminder of things to avoid. Here’s a throwback to the original jellyfish article: You are not a jellyfish. You are not floating […]

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Lessons from 49er Worlds

Coaching the 2020 49er World Championships I observed the habits and actions of the best sailors and leaders in the 49er and 49erFX classes. While each team’s success is owed to their entire process and performance day to day, I have designated a fundamental skill each team models that distinguishes them from their competition. It […]

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A Fresh Perspective

Before we all went under quarantine, I got a call from two of the country’s most talented sailors and spent a day on Biscayne Bay with Erika Reineke and Lucy Wilmot in the 49erFX.  San Francisco Bay area native and senior at Harvard University, Lucy has spent the last 4 years in the skiffs (29er […]

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Know the Numbers

with Caroline Atwood @catwoodsails An electronic compass is a tool that reads your boat’s sailing angle relative to true north or zero degrees. If the wind is coming from true north, and you are sailing 50 degrees off the wind, close hauled, on port the compass will read “050” in nice, bold, digital letters. If […]

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Time to Level Up

Fitness in Sailing with Caroline Atwood @catwoodsails There is a point most high performance sailors get to where sailing transitions from being an activity to being a sport. Some may argue that this happens around green fleet, when kids first learn to race. I would argue that it happens when the sailor realizes that the […]

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Preventative Care

We play with expensive toys. Part of owning and racing is learning to maintain your gear to ensure it’s not only functional, but durable. We make it a rule that prior to day one of any regatta: all equipment must be bombproof. A few weekends ago, our friend Trevor Parek from 49er.ca joined us for […]

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20 Seconds

 #1: “Wash Your Hands for 20 Seconds” When you’re staring at the sink 20 seconds seems like an eternity, so we’re all trying to think of clever ways to pass the time. But when you’re on the starting line on the final day of the qualifying series at the Worlds, those 20 seconds to the […]

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