Beginners We are so happy to be where we are in week 6! This week, the beginners intensely focused on practicing a windward leeward course to the point where we began racing. They began by learning a 3 minute start sequence and how to start from the starting line. With their competitive attitudes, each sailor was able to successfully finish the course. Although this may have taken a little assistance from the instructors, we are sure that next week they will practically be professional beginners! The beginners were also able to have a fun day on Friday as the wind decided to take a vacation. It was a very deserved break for our beginners as they have been working so hard to be the best sailors they can be.
Intermediates This week in Intermediates we really tried to enforce the usage of spinnakers. Some days proved to be a little windy and challenging, but most of the intermediate sailors were able to get some good practice. In addition to the beginners, the intermediates also began racing. It is an exciting time because every racer is very competitive! Although they may not know all the rules quite yet, they are definitely intrigued as each one desires to be the best they can be! The students also really started focusing on how to get a good, fast start as well as how to properly round a mark.
Racing Tactics The wind definitely does not like to let the racing class race this year! We attempted to do summer series on Tuesday where all racers were ready except the wind. We started a long gruesome race that lasted all afternoon. But as it goes, one is better than none! The racers also ran into a little trouble on Tuesday. An essential portion of being on the Racing Team includes the speed in which you rig. Instructors began to become irritated with the amount of time racers were taking to rig in the mornings. It was taking away from valued practice time. After many warnings, the instructors decided that Tuesday morning would be dedicated to rigging races. To our discovery, it turns out racers CAN rig in 30 minutes if they put their mind to it. It only took about 3-4 rigging and derigging to realize it! Thursday morning was much better as the racers were rigged with incredible speed and we were able to spend over 2 hours on the water and complete all the planned drills! The drills really focused on being aggressive on the starting line. One of the drills included our much loved mystery starts which focused on being up on the line and being able to hold your spot. Our regularly scheduled summer series then took place in the afternoon where racers were able to squeeze in 3 races! Overall, we are very pleased with the progress our racing team has made this week!
Note from the Junior Advisor:
New updates will be coming for 2023 sailing season!