Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tips From the Bow

Hello All- not sure if you saw this in Scuttlebutt. Some good tips that apply to many of the roles on a boat....

Is it Sailing Season yet?

TIPS FROM THE BOW

Amy Ironmonger, a twenty seven year old trainee lawyer is making a name for herself in the Melges 24 fleet. Joining the class in 2005 she sailed with a number of teams before landing a regular place on board Scott Nixon and Terry Hutchinson’s Quantum Racing with whom she won the 2008 North American Championship. Here is a portion of an interview on the class website where she describes the secret to being a good bow person on a Melges 24:

“One of the biggest misconceptions about the bow role is that you’re really only involved during the roundings. A bow person should be involved at all times during the race, even if being involved means hiking as hard as you can to hold a lane. There is a lot that goes into doing bow well and most of it comes from time in the boat, but there are a few simple techniques I’ve learned along the way that have helped me tremendously.

1. Keep your mind three steps ahead of your body and expect the unexpected.
2. “Cross-train.” I really believe this is the most vital tool in sailing.
Don’t devote 100% of your time to doing bow on a Melges 24.
3. Hike, hike, and … hike! It makes such a huge difference and, I’ll be honest, I hate that it does.

Much, much more: http://www.melges24.com/displayarticles.asp?year=2009&id=1548

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