Practice techniques for sailing. You will have invested considerable time money and effort to enter and travel to a sailing event so it makes sense to invest some time into preparation involving well-planned practice hours leading up to the races.
Dedicated practice rather than just racing – Practice Techniques For Sailing
It amazes me, how many competitors at events that I have attended have put in no extra effort. All they do is normal club racing prior to turning up to State or National championships.
It goes without saying that if you want to win, practice is essential and importantly, it doesn’t matter how close to race day it is. A day or two, immediately prior to racing begins, and in the waters that you will compete in will reap the greatest benefit.
All you need are a couple of hours to fine-tune everything. Plan the night before the practice and come up with a list of things you want to work on. When you get on the water, no time is lost. Get down to the important task of working on your weaknesses.
Two or three boat practice is a huge advantage if you can swing it. After practicing some drills it is really advantageous to carry out some short races. This further hones your skills and shows the things that still require attention.
What Should Practice Races Consist Of?
Practice races should include a start, upwind leg and downwind leg, short and sharp with a number of starts in order to give you time to make adjustments and have a discussion between the participants to improve the things that are troubling you.
Short races and on-water discussions are important. Most benefits can be had though back on shore with a debrief between all participants.
Obviously having a coach on the water during your practice sessions is the ideal situation and they will be able to guide the debrief using their observations but there is still plenty to be gained in discussions between participating sailors should you not have the luxury of a coach.
Take Notes – Practice Techniques For Sailing
Note-taking is essential after all training and practice sessions. I highly recommend keeping a journal of training and practice findings. Also, jot down a few notes of observations from every time you hit the water.
This journal should be referred to regularly. Don’t come in from a race to discover that you didn’t use a setting that worked in a previous race.