November 23, 2010 08:45
Saturday the 20 November saw a keen group of Flying Fifteen sailors attend a coaching workshop provided by me on behalf of Towergate Mardon and my coaching business TIME ON THE WATER. 10 boats were involved and several other class keen helpers were along to assist in the days coaching.
The weather was cloudy but a good 10 knots of wind and every now and then there was a little drizzle but generally it was a good and nice day. The focus for the coaching was racing skills and after an initial session of assessment of the ability of the group we got out on the water nice and early.
With a simple windward leeward set the sailors were put through their paces and learnt about their starting approach, time and distance, identifying the bias in the starting line, getting transits, creating a gap to accelerate into off the line and executing a good start. The sailors made some great advances during the day, the most notable being Nadia who by the end of the session was mixing it in the thick of the action at start time, well done.
We also worked on the sailors boat handling, tacking and gybing on the whistle, initially with mixed success, but eventually the teams were tacking without the jib flapping and the kite filling all the way through the gybe.
The next steps will be for the sailors to practice all of the little lessons and when we have the next session in the spring we will be able to gear up for the season and go for it at the next open meeting.
Ill be coaching 49ers at the weekend, so a change of speed and angles, but it will be interesting to see how the team have improved since i last saw them in the end of the summer.
November 27, 2008 19:27
A great days sailing here in Dubai. we have a team of 2 pro sailors myself and Mischa Heemskerk and then 2 Oman sail project guys and then John Mckenna the commercial director of OC.
iShares team had a varied but good day. counting 2,4,1,3,3,2. there were plenty of thrills and spills on the course. no collisions other than that which Oman air had with the beach.
i am very pleased as this is the first regatta when i have sailed to my potential and it makes m realise how vital a good team is around you. thanks to Mischa we are all good around the track and with the team.
I was a bit anxious before this but i am taking charge and happy as larry at the moment. all good in Dubai hugh out.
November 23, 2008 07:46
Im at the Oman sail project base in Muscat. I am waiting to drive the iShares X40 the 8 hrs from here to Dubai in the UAE. We have 4 boats which will do the journey in convoy with a police escort. We have to cross the border into UAE which at best will take 2 hrs and at worst 10 hrs.
We are going to Dubai for an X40 event with iShares, Oman sail, Oman Air, and Team Aqua. There will be corporate sailing and racing for three days. Then there will be a regatta back here in Muscat for the Sultan of Oman. It is also to commemorate the start of the Oman Sail Project.
Ill keep you posted on the event this and next week all the best Hugh.