Watch as Dan Guidinger and Dan Quiram, the top two finishers in the 2017 MCSA Masters Championship, discuss how they maintained consistency despite extremely shifty conditions on Cedar Lake, WI.
Keys to Consistency
Only three sailors finished the three-race regatta with all top ten finishes. SailZing.com interviewed Dan and Dan to learn their keys to consistency.
- :30 – After the start and getting clear air, work the second half of the beat hard to get toward the front.
- :45 – Plan ahead when approaching the weather mark. In big fleets and shifty conditions, getting around the mark cleanly makes all the difference.
- 1:25 – Avoid risky starts at one end or the other. If you’re near the middle, with clear air you can recover from a major shift.
- 2:50 – Different approaches to outhaul tension.
- 3:20 – Work the mainsheet hard in puffs. Both sailors have an extra purchase (double pulley on traveler) to make it easier to handle the wide range of tensions needed for the MC.
- 4:35 – More about starting conservatively and getting clear air.
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