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The Skiff Squad Track

The Skiff Squad Track

Over the last several years, the Skiff Squad has helped to develop some of the top sailors in the country including College National Champions, ISAF Youth World and 29er Open World medalists, and Olympians.  From a coaching perspective, the path from getting into the boat to the top of the fleet is somewhat straightforward, and for sailors who are able to dedicate the time, the process is fairly methodical, so we're going to break it down for you below.

November PNW Debrief

November PNW Debrief

2016 November PNW TC

Debrief

With a solid group of ten sailors in the PNW region, there are a few goals to keep in mind before the next event. I strongly encourage you guys to grow your region whether that is through adding younger kids or joining up with Canadian teams. I also think it is important to push your local clubs to let the 29er fleet become privately owned.

Share the Fundamentals

It is important that the group starts to create a culture of teamwork and sharing. It would be beneficial to organize days where you practice as a group even if you don’t have a coach. Go practice the footwork and handwork we learned for maneuvers until it is muscle memory. Front, Back, Back, Front.  

Main Trim

Be aggressive with pulling the boat into and out of maneuvers. A good tack can be completely done by the crew pulling on the trap into and out of the tack. The keys to pulling is to wait till the boat has maximum heel, then drop your butt hanging on the wire, and then pull your body to a flat trapping position and go straight to hooking in. The power in your sails come from precise sail trim, so focus on being consistent with where you put your sails. More info on that from the last debrief below….

There are two reasons to ease your mainsheet: either you are over trimmed, and thus stalling your sail, or your are overpowered, and thus healing the boat.  If one of those things is not true, you should always have your mainsheet two-blocked!  Here are some generalizations that can be made about the 2 reasons to ease main.

Main is stalling

  • Wind is lighter (light to side force)

  • Vang should be loose (goal of easing is to open leach)

Boat is heeling

  • Wind is stronger (driving force to windy)

  • Crew weight should be all the way outboard

  • Vang should be tight (don’t want leech to open off)

LEARN THE BASICS THROUGH VIDEO

There are about eight videos that have been posted from the weekend. All have some really good information in them if you watch closely and break it down to step by step videos...first watch main trim….then watch body movements...then watch leaches….then watch rig movements...etc. Videos from the weekend can be found here. Compare and analyze like we discussed. Here is a good video of  Ryan and Wells at CalYC from the SoCal Squad in light air.

 

Spread the word to make the squad happen. If there are any questions always feel free to reach out.

November NorCal Debrief

November NorCal Debrief

2016 November NorCal TC

Debrief

With the NorCal region starting to flourish, it will be important for all the teams to nail down the basics of boat handling before the new year in order to put us in a strong position for strong results at Worlds.

Lessons Learned

Saturday - A good rabbit start is crucial to productive training and the learning process. When you line up well it allows you to judge how well you are doing at different aspects that each line up focuses on.

Sunday - If you can sail well in light air everything else gets easier. As you add more wind you are given more options of what you can do. For example, in light wind if you need more power the only option is to lean into the boat and power up, but if there were wind you could also adjust sail trim in order to get power on.

Light Wind - 0 to 5 Knots, Less is More

For most teams every movement in light air shakes the rig, boat, and blades. Shaking is not fast. The goal is to simplify movements and let the boat get moving. All you are aiming to do is to help the boat move. Prioritize getting your weight forward, slowly transitioning weight to each foot, and thinking out your movements through boat handling. Check out the video below and decide which movements are smooth or not….

 

Side Force - 6-12 Knots, Harness All Power

Be aggressive with pulling the boat into and out of maneuvers. A good tack can be completely done by the crew pulling on the trap into and out of the tack. The keys to pulling is to wait till the boat has maximum heel, then drop your butt hanging on the wire, and then pull your body to a flat trapping position and go straight to hooking in. The power in your sails come from precise sail trim, so focus on being consistent with where you put your sails. More info on that from the last debrief below….

There are two reasons to ease your mainsheet: either you are over trimmed, and thus stalling your sail, or your are overpowered, and thus healing the boat.  If one of those things is not true, you should always have your mainsheet two-blocked!  Here are some generalizations that can be made about the 2 reasons to ease main.

Main is stalling

  • Wind is lighter (light to side force)

  • Vang should be loose (goal of easing is to open leach)

Boat is heeling

  • Wind is stronger (driving force to windy)

  • Crew weight should be all the way outboard

  • Vang should be tight (don’t want leech to open off)

Learn the Basics Through Video

There are about eight videos that have been posted from the weekend. All have some really good information in them if you watch closely and break it down to step by step videos...first watch main trim….then watch body movements...then watch leaches….then watch rig movements...etc. Videos from the weekend can be found here. Compare and analyze like we discussed. Here is a good video of  Ryan and Wells at CalYC from the SoCal Squad in light air.

Please register for the December NorCal Skiff Squad Clinic before October 31st to avoid late registration fees.

October SoCal Debrief

October SoCal Debrief

In particular, the veterans in the fleet need to work on developing feel through intentional focus on feeling various aspects of the boat, while our younger teams will make the biggest strides right now by carefully comparing their techniques with those of the top teams, and working towards imitating those techniques...