Such was the case with this comment on my post Snap! that was about a technique for consciously switching visual attention every few seconds between all the factors that are important in a race: sail trim, boat trim, wind, heading, other boats... and so on.
TK, an avid scow sailor from the midwest left a comment about a superior technique using other senses. It is so good I will quote it in full ...
I may be late, but I found "Snap!" to be very interesting. I am an avid scow sailor in the midwest. And scows depend greatly on 'feel,' but I found the same idea transferred well to the Laser.
I think it is important to widen your field of vision and open up your awareness well beyond what your eyes are telling you.
I've gotten to the point where boathandling and sail control are done mostly by feel, with the occasional visual reference. I think moving your eyes through such a dramatic progression of "snaps" can be distracting.
When you 'hear' what your body is telling you: the boat starting to heel and respond to the breeze can be felt in the rear end and the thighs on the deck, the puff can be felt on your cheek, even the sound of the wake or bow wave...
Awareness of all these senses can tell you lots about the boat's attitude and the handling required.
This allows you to keep your field of vision up and out of the boat. Through a wide lens, watch the wind on the water, watch the angle and attitude of boats near you and those on the other side of the course. Who is up? Who is down? Where is the velocity?
Looking away to the next 'snap' on the list runs the risk of missing something in that field of vision, like that persistent shift.
Making boathandling automatic can mean keeping your eyes up on the racecourse almost the entire time. Fo me, making boathandling automatic required tuning in to what all the other senses were telling me.
With practice, awareness can be greatly heightened.
To the point of telling you almost everything you need to know. So your eyes can see what's happening on the course.
Sounds a little like Zen's Zai Chi. And it works.
Just my $.02
Hope this helps,
Thanks TK. Great advice. I will try and apply it.