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Over the past four days, St. Francis Yacht Club played host to the 2021 ILCA North American Championship, sponsored by West Coast Sailing. With 124 competitors racing in three different fleets, the scene on San Francisco Bay’s city front was action-packed and lively across ten races. The Championship also served as a qualifier for the 2021 US Junior Pan American Team, with the top eligible finisher from the ILCA 7 fleet (Leo Boucher) and ILCA 6 fleet (Charlotte Rose) qualifying.
The next topic for US Sailing’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) panel on the Starboard Portal is Women in Sailing. The panelists will discuss how women are playing a major role in coaching and mentoring, program director leadership, high-performance and Olympic sailing, and much more.
Blair Overman explores how her approach to increasing diversity in the sport of sailing has shifted after a year and a half of managing the Siebel Sailors Program. Read to find out how shifting your mindset from “what can sailing do for you?” to “what do you need?” may make the impacts of your efforts to increase diversity in your programming more meaningful.
It was a lighter and tricky day for the 124 sailors competing at the West Marine US Open Sailing Series in Long Beach on Sunday, hosted in collaboration by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, and The US Sailing Center Long Beach. The third and final day of the regatta was a day to remember for the eight classes in competition on San Pedro Bay off Long Beach.
My approach is to evaluate the last data points collected from my most recent regatta and set goals to improve. Returning from a World Championships in Europe, I saw three areas that we needed to improve on teamwide.
When reaching, it is a delicate dance of power and speed requiring precise steering, trimming and body movements at the correct time to achieve maximum speed without losing the height. Balance and stability equal speed, if the boat isn’t fast, make changes and see how the boat reacts.
When the velocity and wind direction are constantly changing, set the boat up so that it is easy to sail and transitions well from puffs to lulls and vice-versa. Is there more to gain by going fast in the puffs by putting the bow down or will you gain more by minimizing losses in the lulls?