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Back to School

By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020

It was back to school for me at the RS800 National Championships. Unfortunately Sarah was ill during the regatta and we had to retire after two races, but there was a silver lining.......

Lucky for me, Derek Clarke stood in at the last minute (actually we were 3 minutes late for our first race) so I had my own private lessons in high performance sailing. If you don't know Derek's CV, well he was crewing a 470 at the Olympics when I was still at school. His long and illustrious career has taken him from the middle of a 12 meter to the back of an 18 foot skiff. He is still involved in coaching at the highest level now. What Derek does not know about high performance sailing is not really worth knowing. So after the days racing which involved some thoughtful tips along the way, he took me aside to show me one trick that I must learn before I can progress. Call it homework. This trick will enable me to hold the mainsheet in my forward hand whilst crossing the boat, leaving my path free for a quick cross. Without this, I would have to let go of the mainsheet whilst I bring myself in on the handle and then waste precious time picking it up again. I had been placing it in my tiller extension hand whilst unhooking, which was blocking my path across the boat.

Derek, you are simply a legend! Thanks.

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