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Under near perfect conditions ten Martin 242’s, including two CYC Keelboat Program Boats, participated in a vigorous racing clinic lead by professional coaches, Erik Shampain and Walker Banks. With our boats rigged and launched we started at 10:30am with a dock talk covering starting, boat speed and tactics and mark rounding. The emphasis of the was on keeping it simple, having a simple and consistent pre-start process, approaching boat speed with good crew communication on what you are doing relative to other boats. Simple tactics as well, sail to more breeze, sail to the mark, minimize risk and at mark rounding – giving your crew enough time to do their jobs.
At 11:30 we headed to work on the water. Erik was aided by Mike George, following boats and giving boat speed feedback and taking photographs while Walker Banks piloted by Norm and Barry Belcher gave additional cues. We wrapped it all up with a multimedia talk at the club. We wish to thank the event’s sponsors, California Yacht Club, MG Marine and M242 Fleet #3.