I haven't even blogged about sailing for a week.
But I have been thinking about sailing.
I have been thinking that one reason that I suck at racing is that I don't concentrate on the right things when I'm racing.
Some of the things I should be thinking about when I am racing...
- Which side of the course is favored?
- What is the current doing?
- Am I on a lift or a header?
- What is the wind doing?
- Where is the next gust?
Some of things I am actually thinking about when I am racing..
- Do I need to adjust my sail controls?
- Can I cross this starboard tacker?
- What are my telltales doing?
- Why am I underpowered?
- Why am I overpowered?
In other words, I am spending way too much time with my head in the boat and worrying about how to sail the boat faster and dealing with the boats in my immediate vicinity, and too little time thinking about the big picture of how to get to the windward mark in the lead. (Ha ha! Well, at least to get to the windward mark in the top half of the fleet.)
It has become clear to me that I have penetrated to the very core of things and I have stumbled on the answer...
Leonard Cohen has a very similar revelation about 7 minutes into this video...
Am I overthinking this?