Watch as Dave Davenport, Lake Beulah Yacht Club and Lake Geneva Yacht Club, shares his Aha! Insights about sailing through lulls with SailZing.com. Dave sails A-Scows, E-Scows and C-Scows and is the 2016 Nationals Champion skippering his A-Scow team “Redeye”.
SailZing.com’s Rob Hudson interviewed Dave on July 10, 2017 at his home on Lake Beulah in East Troy, WI. This article and video is one in a series of topics from our conversation about racing and rules and vacation beards. As I get all of the parts completed, I’ll update the articles with crosslinking between them.
Some of Dave’s Sailing the Lulls Insights
- Some top sailors struggle in light air because they just don’t work the mainsheet line enough or well enough.
- 0:49 Overcompensate for a lull. Give a huge ease and then trim to the sheet to get air flowing over the sail again. This isn’t a pump (which would be a rules violation). When Dave and I co-skippered C-Scows, he used to call this letting the sail “breathe”.
- 1:00 Get your crew watching for lulls and new air to anticipate and be proactive. The crew should communicate “Breeze lightening” and “we’ve got another one coming.”
- 1:15 Almost have to hit new breeze early to avoid having the boat heel up and then get pushed down, which would lose all the drive. Hit early and ease and trim the sail.
- 1.39 Sailors like Kent Haeger (B-12, C-Scow, LBYC) and the Brickler brothers (B-18, C-Scow, LBYC) are so good at that ease and drive and teamwork between skipper and crew.
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