So, here it is: the four year plan, the Big Picture Process:
Year one Objective (that's where we are now): Learn as much as we can about the boat and how people are sailing it. This means logging hours and hours on the water and trying as many things as possible; and that's exactly what we are doing. This january we spent 60 hours on the water (most teams average about 45 a month at this phase of the quad) and have been nailing down our upwind speed and maneuvers with lots of on the water drills and theory discussions on land.
Year two objective: Refine and polish the skill set developed in year one. After year one we should have a lot of boat handling experience, and year two will be about turning that experience into bulletproof, consistently-executed maneuvers and speed. At this point we are good at a couple of different styles of tack; by this time next year we will be working on having one style of tack that is fast every time and that we don't even have to think about.
Year three: Implement that bulletproof boat handling on the race course. At this point we should be fast enough to not have to think about it, so we can think about racing (woohoo!) So this year is about racing racing racing and filling out a play book that can be executed time and time again.
Year four: Operation Domination. Put the pieces together and shed.
|Caroline about to fall out of the boat... she didn't.|