Preparing for a Cat 2 race from Pittwater all the way to Southport takes a lot of time. Neil Driscoll from Above and Beyond Boating points out a few tips on crew organisations which can make the preparation a little easier for the skipper and the team.
Neil, through his many years as an experienced sailing mentor points out that some teams overlook the simple tasks of preperation which sometimes can take the longest.
“Developing your team into their roles earlier rather than later betters their performance on water, however, developing their roles off water can greatly improve the boat’s logistics for the race.” Said Neil.
Just like on the boat, team members have their set roles and task list. Similar format should follow on from that off-water.
“A skipper/owner doesn’t sail the boat on their own so they shouldn't do everything off water on their own” Said Neil.
“Examples of task allocation include passing on the Safety Audit co-ordination, team uniforms and even the social aspect of the event. Having someone organise all the social stuff like where to go afterwards to celebrate makes the experience for the team all that much better” Neil added.
Just by thinking a little outside the box and getting the team to help out where possible will make the race that much more enjoyment for all.
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