5 tipps to just sail better
Just sail better! Doesn’t this sound easy? In the previous blog posts you could already read a lot about certain topics around the boat, how to improve boat speed, tactics and so on. But how could you speed up the process? What are the low hanging fruits? Where should I Focus?
This lists gives you an idea which skills could be improved in a very short time to sail better.
- Get very fit!
It is probably arguable if it is easy to get fit fast or not. I would assume that you already have a basic fitness level when you are regularly racing in dinghies. This means you need to expand the effort. There are many ways to increase your fitness level. Just make sure that you improve both strength and endurance – and most important flexibility!
In the past I was suffering back pain quite a lot. Since I have started practicing yoga it got heaps better. Also sailing in strong winds and high waves is really good for your fitness level.
- Start a racing diary
Write down all your experiences. Actually this is what I do with this web page. I have been writing everything down for years now. This gives me a good overview on which settings work for certain conditions. But I also have collected nice venue analyisis for different times of the year and different wind directions.
Especially after a bad race it is hard to rethink what went wrong. I always tend to skip the articles for my worst and my best races – both belong to the most emotional ones. But from both you can also learn the most.
- Plan your training
When you go out on the water and you don’t really know what to train you often just cruise around. Of course this helps your sailing. I often had training sessions like these when I still was a student and had heaps of time. But the less time you have the more important it gets to structure your training and focus on the parts that need improvement. With structured training you can even make gains without increasing your training time on the water. Here you can also find tipps on self coaching.
- Read sailing books
You don’t have to read everything on sailing you can find to significantly sail better. A few good books should be enough. Normally it is not enough to read a book just once. You have to study it. From time to time I even grab books I have bought 10 years ago and again I find new interesting parts that help me to improve my sailing skills.
- Increase your on-the-water training
Nothing is of more value than spending time in the boat. Sail in all different conditions, especially the ones you don’t like as those are often the ones you need the most improvement.
Therefore also check out the SAILUCATION Drill Book – you can have it for free.