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Oh and we have a no blame policy on the boat but it helps if the crew acknowledges its his fault.
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I am boss on this boat and I have the authority of my wife to say so !!!!!!
 There is also a no argument with the wife clause attached to the thwart and a logbook for confirmation signature prior to sailing that she might be authorised to steer and/or "navigate" (i.e. Nag) from the pointy end of the boat... Confused  Confused Wink
Pass the skiff, man!
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I generally find it best to be polite to crews, especially those of the female variety.  Use of the term 'lard' should be especially carefully restricted, even if the intention was only to maximise righting moment.... Ouch
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Originally posted by RyanV49er

And yes helms do need the extra help. That one bit of rope they have to hold on to can get complicated..

I agree with that. In my experience most helms need all the help they can get.
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Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by RyanV49er

And yes helms do need the extra help. That one bit of rope they have to hold on to can get complicated..

I agree with that. In my experience most helms need all the help they can get.


should definitely be a major item on not moving in too early on the bear away, your weights needed to help bring the boat round and in most cases, a clean, quick bear away that gets the boat heading in the right direction without excessive <rooster tailing> rudder action is best acheived without the crew springing off the wire or side deck early and going bananas on the spin halyard or pole!
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Originally posted by JimC


I agree with that. In my experience most helms need all the help they can get.
sadly, most of us crews aren't qualified psychiatrists LOL
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Originally posted by alstorer

sadly, most of us crews aren't qualified psychiatrists

Funny you should say that... I'm not, but some years ago I sailed against a guy who was quite fast enough to win a Champs, but never seemed to quite get his head together mentally: too prone too lose focus if the wind went light, that sort of thing. Then one year he had a prfessional psychologist crewing...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Contender 541 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Oct 10 at 1:48pm
All this info.
So much I should be doing
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I really like this article, thanks Ryan. It's all very true, I particularly like the bit about keeping it consistent through the gybes. On the bear aways we use the call of "IN" when I feel it's time for the crew to come in because I'm through the "danger zone" and the power is coming back off so we're safe. I'm massively looking forward to the vice-versa one to get in to my crews head.
 
I've been racking my brain to come up with any additions and this is the best I can come up with:
 
1) Please don't let the kite flog downwhill. It's really hard to build the apparent and massively satisfying when you get it right and twin wire below a single wiring boat. And it's massively frustrating when one flog of the kite dumps everything.
 
2) Be really clear on the call of "ready" before a tack. Only being half sure puts a doubt in your helm's mind.
 
3) If you're on port crossing a starboard and the helm says he'll cross in front, don't question it, just keep the boat speed on and be ready for a crash tack/gybe. Again, putting that doubt in to the helm's mind is not a good thing.
 
99) Please do your best to block your helm from the spray, it's hard enough trying to steer without being wet as well!


Edited by Strawberry - 19 Oct 10 at 2:16pm
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Be really clear on the call of "ready" before a tack.
 
That's without him saying he's tacking I assume. Mindreading is essential of course :-). Otherwise watch, feel the boat and be ready to tack without notice.
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