Get Yer Profile On
No, not the racial kind…Here’s another excellent bit of instruction from the pen of our illustrious international coach, Sherpa Tenzing. Got a question about international dinghy competition or Olympic coaching? Send it in.
Ok, it’s the beginning of another season and for and for all sailors it time to make a choice; do I want to maintain the Status Quo or do I want to improve my performance on the water this season? Once you choose to make a change, the next step is to accept the areas that you need to improve on – and to do that, we need to run through a simple ‘needs vs. means’ analysis. Most sailors will only consider doing this when they reach a glass ceiling near towards the top end of the fleet. My point is that this should be a given for every sailor who want to improve. The difference is in the detail! The higher the ability of the sailor, the more detailed the analysis, the profiling and the planning.
The Performance Profile
Again, this is another tool that most club sailors choose not to use and most competitive sailors fail to use properly. The key is matching the detail to your ability level, but fundamentally the format remains the same. First, list all the skills you are required to perform during a race. Start by breaking the race down into chapters: Pre-Start, Upwind, Downwind, Leeward-Marks, etc. The next step is to decide on the ‘Wind-Bands’ that require a change in technique. This may be Light, Medium and Heavy Airs or It may be 2-6kts, 6-10kts, 10-12kts, 12-16kts, 16-22kts, 22+ kts. This will depend on the class you sail and your ability to perform a technique shift.