Don’t Overcomplicate Your Sailing Methods
Raritan Engineering Company your macerator pump suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding why it is important not to over think your sailing strategy.
It’s September 2018. Imagine yourself at the dock at the start of day two of that big event you’ve been working toward all year. Your macerator pump distributors discuss how it’s currently blowing 18 knots with even bigger puffs because a front has just rolled through.
What should you set the rig to? Is the course full of waves and steep chop? Where is the sweet spot for your jib halyard? Are the jib cars too far forward, too far aft, or just right? What about the top main batten?
Hopefully, many of these questions will be answered in your preparation leading up to the big event because, if you try to focus on all these questions simultaneously, it’s easy to get muddled and over complicate things.
First, have a plan and stick to it.
You’ve raced before, so set a routine that works and stick with it. For instance, you can keep provisioning simple by bringing the same food every day. You know what’s been successful in the past, so why over complicate things?
Knowing when you need to get to the boat and when to leave the dock should also be part of your premade plan. Again, keep it simple.
Second, don’t leave things to the last minute.
When you come in from racing, it’s rare that something doesn’t need to be fixed or tweaked. How tempting is it to say, “I’m tired. I’ll just do that in the morning. What I need right now is a beer!”
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Practice isn’t last-minute either, even though we’ve all heard people say, “I’d like to get out to the racecourse early to practice.” During a major regatta is not the time to try to improve your skills.
Third, don’t sweat the details you can’t change.
As you head out to the racecourse, the question of whether your tuning is right always weighs on your mind, but don’t dwell on it now.
If you’ve practiced and your team is ready, the tuning will be good enough to allow you to win the race. The point is not to focus on something you can’t change. Keep it simple and focus only on important decisions you’re able to make.
Fourth, make sure you’re going fast.
Speed is king in keeping things simple. Both upwind and downwind, speed makes everything easier because it allows you to concentrate on the race and your tactics. Whatever your problems may be on the racecourse, speed will help you overcome them.
Have a plan and stick with it, never leave things to the last minute, and avoid getting stressed over details that you can’t change. As some of you may have already heard me say: Sailboat racing is like NASCAR – just go fast and turn left!
So don’t forget how you can stop over thinking your sailing strategy. 1) Have a plan and stick to it; 2) don’t procrastinate; 3) don’t sweat the details you can’t change; and 4) go fast.
Huge shark spotted swimming next to a boat
We’re reminded time and again of the numerous ways you can die in Australia thanks to frequent appearances by extremely venomous snakes, but then a shark that’s not far off from being as long as a boat shows up.
The shark, identified as a great white, can be seen circling the waters where a 28-foot-long boat and its crew marveled at what was going on. The shark was swimming just over 150 feet away from a beach, according to reports.
“Big Fish – Fourth Beach Esperance today … by the way, that’s an 8.5 metre Patrol boat,” Riggs wrote there. The boat, as we said before, measures in at 28 feet long, while the shark’s eyeballed length was approximately 13 to 19.6 feet.
When you look at a shot of them nearly side by side, you see how huge this shark really is.
Riggs told PerthNow that he used a drone to record this footage.
“I got a tip off that a shark was out at Westies so I grabbed my drone and put it up. And what I got is this footage,” he said. “I reckon it had to be about four metres, and it looked as though it had been fed. It was just cruising along, it looked chilled.”
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