Watch as Andy Burdick, President – Melges Performance Sailboats, shares his Race Course Notes with tips and observations on his 2017 ILYA MC-Scow Invitational win on Lake Beulah with SailZing.com’s Al Haeger.
Andy had an awesome regatta with finishes: 1, , 1, 4, 1, 2, 2
Andy shares the following topics:
- 0:18 – Be on the lifted tack. No matter what. From the start.
- 0:54 – Sail on the lifted tack, but look up the lake for where the next line of breeze will be.
- 1:28 – At times, sailing a header into a new breeze may result in a big lift. It’s challenging.
- 1:50 – Andy doesn’t use a compass to determine lifts and knocks. He uses feel and knowledge of pre-race and during race angles.
- 2:18 – “Patience is a big thing”. Avoid drastic changes in course, sail shape… and the #1 thing is maintain angle of heel.
- 3:00 – Anticipate lulls and “shift gears” ahead of time to power up. Be ready to shift weight quickly to maintain angle of heel.
- 3:20 – When shifting weight, don’t stand up, but shift butt lower in boat.
- 3:33 – In lulls, don’t be so quick to bear off. Andy maintained sail, point and angle of heel and waited for new breeze to maintain separation with boats to leeward.
- 4:00 – Top competitors were distinguished by the best boat handling.
SailZing.com interviewed Andy after the 2017 ILYA MC-Scow Invitational Regatta hosted by the Lake Beulah Yacht Club where he was the event champion. http://www.LBYC.us East Troy, WI
Andy can often be seen at events promoting the sport of sailing and the Melges Performance Sailboats line of products and North Sails.
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