If you only had six words to pass on some advice about sailboat racing to a new racer, what would they be?
For example, the first answer that springs to my mind when faced with this question would be the somewhat cynical...
"Win the start. Extend your lead."
But I am sure you can do much better than that.
Please leave your answer in the comments to this post.
This post was inspired by the post The Best Cruising Advice in Six Words on Windtraveler the excellent cruising blog about that "estrogen-rich family" Brittany, Scott, Isla, Haven and Mira. (The estrogen quote is theirs, not mine.)
That post was inspired by a recent New York Times contest calling for parenting advice in "six words or less" which was, itself, inspired by the book The Best Advice in Six Words: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More.
Is that what they call a "meme?" Whatever they call it, please participate, and leave your answer in the comments.
Racing advice in six words.
First thing that comes into your head.
This challenge is a little reminiscent of the group writing projects we used to run on this blog.
For example in 2008 I asked people to write blog posts or articles on the theme of Best Sailing Innovation Ever which received 25 entries.
A couple of years later we turned that one on its head and had a group writing project on Worst Sailing Innovation Ever which had 28 entries.
Wurst - Worst. Get it?
Some of our group writing projects have had even more entries than that.
But today's challenge is a lot easier than writing a whole article.
Just six words.
Six words of racing advice.
How hard is that?
Please leave your answer in the comments.
Your name - or nom de plume - would be nice too.
Where was I?
Where am I?
Oh yes. Six words of racing advice.
Submit more than one idea if you feel like it.
In the comments to this post.
I don't know what I will do with all the answers.
Probably put them all in a separate post.
Maybe organize them into categories.
Perhaps use some of the best ideas as jumping off points to write some of my own blog posts, full of insane rambling and half-remembered reminiscences about races in which I used - or failed to use - your advice.
I'm not in this video but it does cover a situation which is pretty typical of my own racing career.
I really do need your advice.