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Sailmaker Jr. – How to Make a Mask

We’re taking a new direction with today’s blog based on an inspired conversation that we had on Friday’s Instagram Live with our friend Nate Housberg. During our conversation about all things college sailing, Olympic sailing, fitness, and mindset; Nate filled us in that he’s been making masks and bringing them to local healthcare providers to […]

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Inside the Mindset of A Champion

I hacked my way into a Zoom call with a few of our sport’s legends: Paul Foerster, Tim Wadlow, & Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias, as they shared their experience and mindset from their Olympic experience. A Brief History Paul Foerster  has three Olympic medals (Flying Dutchman, 1992 Games with Stephen Bourdow); (470, 2000 Games with Bob […]

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Building a Highlight Reel

During our virtual and socially distant team meeting this past weekend the conversation shifted into a step by step view of 29er gybes. The timing and mechanics of a skiff gybe require accuracy, agility, and precision. Three skills that are developed and made permanent by repetition through deliberate practice. How can we improve our gybes […]

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High Performance Post-Its

by Helena Scutt    On the night before the biggest day of your life, what do you focus on? The photo above is of Post-Its that I wrote in the front of my journal on August 11, 2016, from my bed in the Olympic Village, on the night before my first race of the 2016 […]

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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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