I figured that slamming the bow straight into a two foot wave every three seconds was not the fastest way to sail the boat, so I tried in succession...
- Aggressive steering to avoid the steepest waves
- Aggressive steering to head up each wave and down the back
- Bearing off a few degrees when approaching some steeper waves
- Torquing the boat with my body to help it bear away on the top of each wave
- Leaning back in the boat to help the boat head up each wave front
- Hiking further back in the boat to prevent the bow digging in to every wave
- Hiking harder as the bow hit each wave to try and power the boat through the wave crest better
- Various other gyratory body motions that felt like they might do some good
- Trying to channel Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt
After about an hour of upwind work I headed back down and practiced my transitions between sailing by the lee and broad reaching. All the top coaches say transitions are key to downwind speed. I wish I knew what a transition is. It might help.