Coaching Tips


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 others are not.
  • Play the favored side of the fleet, not the corner of the course.
  • When boat A hails “starboard” to boat B, boat C gains.
  • At a crowded weather mark, overlay the mark and the traffic.
  • Never get fouled.
  • Lateral Separation is better in the long run.
  • The passing lane is outside the wake.
  • At a crowded leeward mark, slow up to win.
  • Round the gate mark that has the path of least resistance.


  • Unlike the wind; the current is a known variable.
  • 100’ of drift in 1 minute equals 1 knot of current.
  • Overcompensate for current as others under compensate.

Driving Safety:

  • What time you arrive at a regatta is not a function of speed; it is a function of what time you leave.
  • Avoid the three deadly D’s: Drunk, drowsy, distracted.

Personal Risk Management:

  • Never, ever break two laws simultaneously.