Notes provided by Clare
Clear air is important- those that got clear made the break and were able to sail their race without being controlled by others. Too many people sat in gas for way too long all around the course.
If you find yourself in gas, get boatspeed, don’t sit there pinching, even if it means reaching off! Then head toward nearest clear air and get resettled. Doing a downspeed tack is really slow, particularly if you have to do a couple ( catastrophic).
Mark rounding, need bigger voices calling for mark room, it’s pretty quiet out there!
Let people know the moment your bow is 3 boat lengths from Mark. Hail clear, loudly and politely, acknowledge the other boat doing the right thing. Making enemies can come back to haunt you!
Jibs are not being set up well, generally too much windward sheet and not enough leeward sheet, jibs aren’t setting in the top third. Need more emphasis on getting the leeward sheet set up.
Play the sheet, just little 10mm movements. Remember an ease of 10mm opens up the twist by 50mm mid leech.
Mid to tail of the fleet spinnaker poles need to go higher in those conditions about 5cm higher on most.-approaching the finish line, there were lots of gains and losses depending on who sailed the shortest course/ better angle to the line. There was a lot of people going to the Layline of the boat end, yet lost out to those that didn’t get on the layline early.-too many boats ‘barging’ & racking up above the start boat. Stay out of there!!
You won’t get away with a “small fleet” club start at the Nationals! Avoid the ends of the line, particularly early in the regatta.!
Crews not sitting up on decks when the breeze freshened- boats weren’t flat-needed twist in the mains to punch through the waves, vang tension was critical.
Vang and jib sheet should be played constantly. Just tiny amounts, the boat that slows down least is the fastest!