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Coaching Tips

Below are some tips that Tufts' coach Ken Legler has sent to the email list over the past few years. Click On the topics to expand/collapse.

 

Racing

Protests and Penalties

Protests and Penalties: Cutting corners is human nature. In regattas we have all tried to get away with spinning penalty turns for harmless (and not so harmless) fouls. Most sailors don’t like to protest either as it is time consuming, stressful and can lead to having a bad reputation and not getting breaks, especially from [...]

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Navigating the Leeward Gate

The leeward gate requires a tactical and strategical decision while providing an opportunity to make large gains on the rest of the fleet. Here are some important considerations for deciding which leeward mark to round: Strategy. One buoy will put you on the tack towards the favored side of the course; Strategy. One buoy may [...]

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What Could Go Wrong?

Plenty. 275 pounds is the approximate optimum weight in college sailing. 290 is the practical limit with a chance of winning championships. Even at 290 the only way to win is to sail mistake free. There are plenty of examples of college sailors winning championships at a combined weight of 290 but they are almost [...]

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Coaching

Scheduling Regattas

Coaches and Captains, Most districts are now in the process of scheduling for 2001. Here are some tips to get the best possible schedule for your team. Quantity: Many teams sign up for too many events, thereby dropping events in a timely or untimely fashion later. Your goal should be to get it right the [...]

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Model Boats

MIT has been using magnetic boats in their shore school for decades but Gary Bodie popularized the concept among team race coaches just a few years ago.  We use two sizes; six inch boats for the blackboard in a large classroom and two inch boats for the little white board in our boathouse.  There are [...]

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Coaching Sound Bites

General Success: The team that wins is not the most brilliant; it is the team that makes the fewest mistakes. When the crew makes a mistake; it’s the skipper’s fault. When the skipper makes a mistake; it’s the crew’s fault. Strategy & Tactics: Strategy is good, tactics are evil. Find the line. Start where the [...]

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Managing Weekend Personnel

So far this season in NEISA there has been a higher than normal rate of teams withdrawing from regattas last second or outright no-shows. We even had a no-show (uh oh!) at our home intersectional. Here is a simple plan to manage a large roster and busy weekends. Students will often notify the coach verbally [...]

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Speeding

Many drivers like to drive faster than the posted speeds. The reason for this is debatable. Most speeding drivers will tell you they get places faster by speeding. I believe they do it because it feels good to weight your foot on the gas peddle and it is a rush to drive fast and boring [...]

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Spring Break

Many teams are taking spring break training trips. We never did any until 1993 but one year we must have counted 15 other vans our first night on I-95 heading south with various athletic teams from high schools and colleges. What is such a trip worth? UNH went to New Orleans once with about 12 [...]

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Practice and Regatta Management

Assigning Boats at Practice

Here is the first of a few coaching tips intended for teams with and without coaches. Assign the boats by number at practice for the whole season. It took me five years to figure this one out but, once I did things have gone much better ever since. Everyone knows who is in every boat [...]

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Venue Analysis

Charles River – MIT / Harvard

Charles River, the Mecca of college sailing. Dimensions are similar to Upper Mystic Lake, less than one mile long by less than a half mile wide. The orientation is different however, with the long axis running WSW to ENE. North and Northwest are always shifty, especially near the finish not far from the rotation dock. [...]

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Navy – Annapolis Harbor and the Severn River

Navy is host to nearly as many college regattas as MIT. By college standards it is considered open water, though not as much as it used to be. From 1985 until 1995 almost all college sailing was done well out in the harbor but since then, much of the racing is in the river. Even [...]

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