Head Coach Report 5 Nov 2019

What a great breeze last Sunday for the racing.  Mostly not your normal go left seabreeze, so lots of options and good observation required.

It was great to see the Foiling Moths join in with the racing for some of their training and fly around the course.  Here’s a shot of SoPYC sailor Matt Jerwood sporting his new wings.  Not only aerodynamic but as they travel at close to 20 knots into 20 knots of wind there is a lot of drag to contend with and they are now optimising the wings to also generate lift.

Although less critical in slower boats it still ideal to start practicing being more streamlined, get spinnakers out of the wind (upwind), get rid of anything that can create drag and bodies next to each other with shoulders inline with the wind to reduce drag.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about aligning the aft section of the top batten to be parallel to the boom.  In the below shot from the race leader the vang is too eased and when pulling the boom in to gybe, there is a lost opportunity to generate power with a quick pump down a wave.With the vang so far off, only the boom and bottom section of the sail is utilised.

Fund Raising for Advanced Wind Measurement devices

We are currently seeking support to purchase the WindBot portable wind measurement solution, that enables you to visualise trending wind patterns in real-time, and calculates true wind information, even on a moving boat. Once only available to professional teams, this system is now available in an off the shelf solution that is very accurate and robust.

The system has two main purposes:

  1. To assist with accurate feedback on conditions for sailors up to their start and between races at regattas
  2. To assist sailors with accurate wind data for tuning their settings and analyzing performance both in training and racing

This is obviously valuable for our advanced sailors, but I recommend also essential for our middle of the road sailors and developing sailors to help them with accurate feedback, which takes out a lot of frustration and guesswork out of self analysis.

Acquiring these systems will position SoPYC with superior support for our sailors education and ultimately performance.

South of Perth Yacht Club is registered with the Australian Sports Foundation so that all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Please show your support by making a tax deductible donation today. Thank you in advance for your support of our sailors!


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Happy Sailing Denis