I feel my background qualifies me to address issues related to nearly all aspects of propelling a sailboat quickly and efficiently. Key subjects that I can lend support to are boat and personnel preparation, boat handling, trim for speed – sails, gear and team, focus issues (head inside the boat / head outside the boat), speed tips and techniques, teamwork, personal fitness and dietary matters for optimum performance, attitude and motivation issues, etc. I also believe that racing prepares a boat and those aboard for more successful cruising as winning mandates that the boat and team are prepared for any eventuality before they leave the dock. There is absolutely no substitute for thorough preparation.
I've raced sailboats for 50 years now and see no end in sight. I'm currently helping a Farr 45 and a J/105 around various California venues. Campaigns in the past few years have included sleds, Farr 40s, a pocket maxi and a smattering of other boats. Historically I began sailing, building and maintaining boats in the days when wood was the material of choice and have moved with technology into the age of carbon and kevlar. Crew positions have covered the front to the back and my current focus is upwind and downwind headsail trim. I've participated in events around the buoys and point to point covering The Left Coast, Mexico and Hawaii. I enjoy competing in handicap or one design fleets whether single-handed or with a small herd of crew mates. Still able to grind, lift, tail and haul with people half my age I've become very focused recently on fitness and dietary needs for racing ? my back and shoulders greatly appreciate this.
Santa Barbara Yacht Club