Thanks to everyone who responded to my Time for a Change post by asking me not to kill this blog. You gave me the encouragement I needed to reconsider this decision.
And special thanks to those of you who read my posts Commitment and Questions about why I felt that the blog needed to die or change, and then provided me with some excellent advice on how to move forward. Several of you suggested that I keep a private training journal but use the blog to keep you informed about my racing, training regimen, approaches to motivation etc. And Katinka supported my conclusion that it's OK for a blog to change when the writer changes his or her needs or intentions.
So, this may be good news or bad news -- or a bit of both depending on your point of view: I've decided to keep Proper Course alive but with a different focus. It will not be what it used to be: a random collection of thoughts on various aspects of sailing some of them desperately trying to be funny. Nor will it be my detailed training journal. What I'm currently thinking is that it will be an occasional progress report on my training and racing along with observations, musings and questions about how best to improve a sailor's racing performance.
I hope some of my former readers will find that of interest. If not, thanks for hanging around this far and bon voyage to you. Perhaps the new focus may attract some new readers too.
More importantly I hope that some of you will help me in the coming months with my training program as you helped me in the last couple of weeks to rethink what to do with this blog. I know that the regular readers of this blog include active sailors in a wide variety of boats. Many of you are racers. Some of you are former champions. Some of you are professional instructors or coaches. So as I struggle to work out how best to improve my own sailing performance I hope you will weigh in with comments, suggestions, disagreements, stories about what worked and didn't work for you, advice, encouragement, criticism...
In other words: please by my coach.