Why is structure so important?
Sailing is such a complex sport. Therefore it is very easy to forget certain things – especially on a racing day of a major competition. I am always a little bit nervous and try to make checklists and prepare everything as good as possible beforehand. This way I can totally focus on being relaxed and on the things that need to be most up-to-date on the race day.
The SAILUCATION Venue Analysis gives you a good overview what to think about when preparing a racing day on a venue you have never sailed before. Try to keep it simple and stick to this one-pager. Some Information you might already have before arriving at the regatta, i.e. the area you will be racing at, the geography etc. Other information need to be up-to-date. You don’t want to use a weather forecast that is a couple of days old.
Often it’s the simple things that matter most.
- Think about the geography of the area. Ask the organizer where the racing area will be.
- Find weather and wind statistics of this area. Which wind will blow most likely? What influence have the geography on this wind.
- What is the current weather forecast? Where is the gradient wind coming from?
- What is the likelihood of a sea breeze development?
- Draw down the different wind scenarios and put them into relation to the geographical area. What will the coastal effects do to the wind?
- Is there any current? Can you find timetables for the tides?
- What could be complicated? Which factors might be hard to predict?
Often these few questions will give you a much clearer picture what to look for and where to focus on. In life there is always so much about expectations. Try to narrow the corridor of the things that might happen. This approach will help you both to calm down prior to major competition but also to stay concentrated when unexpected things happen. And if there is one thing you can be sure of it is that there will definitively be unexpected elements! So be prepared!