As you may have heard, during the month of April we conducted a racing study group with the intention of improving racing skills, rules and tactics for club members. The group was oversold with 22 members and 4 volunteer instructors. We were fortunate to recruit some of our best racing resources to lead both classroom and on-the-water practice sessions, including Cory Schillaci, Paul Kamen, Seamus Vanecko, and Mark Playsted. In this post I want to share a couple of pictures, Cory's rules quiz handout for you to test your own knowledge of the rules, and the entire tactics classroom session video by Paul Kamen. I did not take pictures from the on-the-water sessions because we were all on the water, but suffice to say it was exciting with up to 11 boats on the water plus this skiff - and with at least one NASCAR style pile up. Fortunately there was no damage or injuries.
Standing room only - we more than filled the Marina conference room
Cory on the whiteboard
If you would like to practcice your knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing, try to answer the questions in Cory's handout:
Racing Tactics Classroom Session Video
If you are interested in learning some racing tactics, you can watch the entire classroom session here.
Many thanks to Paul for allowing us to share this video.
I hope someone else will want to organize another racing study group in the future. If you are interested, please contact me so I can share my notes and help you get organized. It would be nice to run this at least once a year.