Sunday, May 24, 2009

Great Wind & Coaching at Team Race Practice

LISOT team racers had the pleasure of being coached this weekend by ISAF World Team Racing Champion Colin Merrick, along with some really great conditions on Saturday.

Colin has been coaching LISOT for a few years, and this weekend had simply fantastic wind and waves to work with - similar conditions to what sailors will find in California for Team Race Nationals.

Sailing out of Noroton YC, sailors saw a steady 15 knot Easterly with gust over 20 all day. The seas were rolling from the East with a very steep chop when the tide changed and began to ebb. Team racing in these conditions provided our sailors with a good opportunity work on TR maneuvers as well as boat handling in big seas.

With quick access to LI Sound, sailors are able to come in for lunch and a mid-day briefing, which gave Colin opportunity for a good mix of classroom and on-water discussion.

On Saturday everyone also enjoyed watching the big boats returning on the Block Island Race. With kites up, the 60 and 70 footers blew past as the optis were just heading out in the morning. By afternoon, the 40-50 footers were passing by.

More pictures are posted on the LISOT Facebook page and on Picasa.

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