Actually this year was somewhat different. It was a semi-private clinic for a group of sailors organized by some friends I met there last year, along with some other refugees from the wintry north-east whom we knew (plus one local sailor). So it was even more fun to do some Laser training with old friends, not to mention that there was another non-sailing wife there so Tillerwoman had a companion when we were all out sailing.
The format was pretty much the same as last year so I won't dwell on that too much. If you want more info on how the seminar is constructed, check out last year's posts...
- Day 1 - Boat Handling - It's Only Rock and Roll
- Day 2 - Starts - Start Me Up
- Day 3 - Strategy, Tactics and Feel Sailing - Feel on Baby
- Day 4 - Run Rabbit Run drills - Beast of Burden. See also Run Rabbit Run.
We started each day at 8:30 am with a talk and discussion on the topic of the day, and (after the first day) plenty of video taken of our sailing the previous day. It was useful to see our own faults and to compare our styles with the other students. Then off to rig the boats and launching around noon. The on-the-water drills and practice raced lasted for three to three and a half hours. And then after putting the boats away, more video feedback until about 5:30 pm. Phew. One sailor cracked us all up on the first day with his persistent bleating between the drills of "When do we break for lunch?" Never, apparently.
I learned a lot. I have 25 pages of notes from the 4 days... and I didn't even bother to write down stuff that I already knew or remembered from last year. Among other things I learned...
- how to make a Laser do two tricks that I would have thought impossible
- that I've had the totally wrong approach for the last 25 years to sailing upwind
- that I need to change what I do with my feet when sailing downwind
- that I am totally clueless about how to position my boat on the racecourse
- and two new ways to injure myself while Laser sailing that I would never have imagined possible before.
Life is good.
More details in future posts. Watch this space.