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How We Unwind

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How We Unwind

On our last day in Santader, we hiked to the cliffs of the Bay of Biscay and jumped on in… To support the Mcbride.Wilson campaign, please consider making a donation by visiting...

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A Pilgrimage to the Gorge

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A Pilgrimage to the Gorge

In June, we spent five days adventuring in the outdoor Mecca known as the Columbia River Gorge. A sailing, kiting, windsurfing, hiking, outdoor playground unlike any other. This was the locale for the 29er Gorge Speedfest, a clinic and regatta that Dane and I were lucky enough to be coaching. We squeezed in 49er practice time and a little kiting, hiking and even were able to make a few new friends in Hood River, holy ground for the kiting community worldwide. To support the Mcbride.Wilson campaign, please consider making a donation by visiting...

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Long Beach Fly-by

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Long Beach Fly-by

Long Beach Fly-by. Thanks Howard Hamlin for the lift and John Kelsey for the fly-by video footage.

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Sunday Cruising

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Sunday Cruising

Some days the conditions are simple: flat water, gentle breeze. Although days like these are welcome conditions to perfect all sorts of techniques, they’re also nice to just zen out and cruise…

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Opti Clinic Debrief

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Opti Clinic Debrief

Thanks everyone for attending the clinic yesterday. Conditions were awesome with a nice breeze between 12 and 15 knots, and all the sailors worked hard. Thanks also for Quinn for stepping in for a few minutes and show us how hard “the animal” hikes! Rigging First lesson for every Opti sailor is to tune their sails on the ground. Everyone put their sail up and put the main sheet on and tied in their mast before they checked their sail out for the conditions of the day. Your sail should be perfect before you put it in the boat because once it’s up it’s really too tall to adjust. When it is up it should be for final fine tune adjustments only. This also makes your sail last longer as it’s not up in the wind flapping around. We talked about how the sail sits on the mast and the curve cut into the front. If you want your sail to be full you have to keep the curve in the sail by tying the sail ties looser in the center and tighter on the top and bottom. If you want a flat sail just switch the order, looser on top and bottom and the center ones tighter. Tacking Svenya – We worked a lot on tacks. The biggest thing that you can focus on that will help improve your tacks is the body pump before the sail comes across. This will heel the boat to windward and help the boat turn. Because you’ll get more roll entering the tack you will not have to wait on the new leeward side to heel the boat. Also, if you keep your knees together during the whole thing then it will make the body pump much easier. Ryan – Your tacks are looking pretty good in the conditions we had yesterday. Hiking out of your tacks will make them much better because you’ll accelerate and the boat won’t tip and slide sideways (you can see a good example in the video below). Because you’re a little light you don’t have much righting weight to bring the boat flat. So, when it gets windy you need to be able to hike hard to maximize your righting moment immediately out of the tack. You can practice this by tacking and not switching your hands for 5 seconds. Concentrate on your feet hooking the straps and jumping outboard as much as possible. Don’t switch hands. Just max hike for 5 seconds. Once you are comfortable with not switching your hands then you can start hiking out of the tacks every tack. This will become habit if you practice the move consistently. Upwind Quinn hopped in an Opti for a little bit yesterday and there were a few very distinct differences that everyone noticed right away. 1) He was hiking really hard even though he’s bigger than everyone else! 2) He moves his body a lot, working the boat over every wave. When we watch the video we can see that his boat stays perfectly flat to the horizon all of the time. 3) He anticipates every wave so that the boat never heels. I noticed that though everyone’s body movements were correct, the movements were mostly a little late. Because the movements were late the boat...

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Santa Sailing

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Santa Sailing

Ho ho ho… A little Christmas Eve sail.

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Santa Barbara Olympic Development

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Santa Barbara Olympic Development

There has been a lot of discussion about “Olympic pathways” in the sailing media recently, so how about this? 16 year old, Quinn Wilson let 8 year old Ryan Saterberg helm the 49er in Santa Barbara, while Willie switched into an opti to race with the opti racing group. Check it out.

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Melges 20 Worlds

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Melges 20 Worlds

Over the weekend, Willie competed against 53 super competitive teams, which included many Olympic Gold medalists, world champions, VOR competitors and more.  Check out some GoPro highlights from the last training day here.  

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