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Diederik Schuuring Posted: 23-Nov-08 11:48
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Hi,

Karin and I intend to start training in a structured way. There are no ISOs nearby so most of the training will be done on our own. (No skiffs around either). What we are looking for is some tips on where to find exercises we could do to improve our boat handling and speed. I did read the help guides on the message board and Iím looking for some very practical exercises. All help is appreciated.

Thanks, Diederik
 
Neil Ashby Posted: 23-Nov-08 19:32
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Hi Diederik

A great way to learn boat handling is to do a GUT BUSTER!
Basically you pick 2 marks a leeward and windward one about 100 metres apart certainly no more and between those to marks set yourself tasks.
Upwind you need to complete 2 or 3 tacks
Downwind complete 1 or 2 gybes
At all points keep the boat flat and help the boat to bear away by leaning it to windward at the hoist of kite and drop. Drop helps keep it out of the water when heeled to windward.
A few circuits of this and you will improve your boat handling a lot, it isnt easy to do but once mastered it becomes 2nd nature on the race course

Neil 1195 and 1205
 
Pete Lindley Posted: 23-Nov-08 20:02
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How about 360's with the kite?

Start on a beat, bear away, hoist & set the kite, gybe, set the kite, drop, round up, tack, bear away, hoist & set.......

I think I managed 3 before I got in a mess!

Pete
 
Diederik Schuuring Posted: 30-Nov-08 18:27
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Thanks Niel for the advice. I think the suggestion from Pete is still a bit too difficult for us.

Cheers, Diederik
 

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