Friday, June 2, 2017
Lessons from Sailing: Practices Makes Perfect
In the past it would take two people to act as grinders to manage the jib and ensure a tight exchange and reset upon tacking. This time the skill became more natural and the second person was barely used at all. As a matter of point, the second person sometimes became a hindrance when trying to navigate between taking up the slack by hand and using the wench to finish it off.
The advantages were that less skirting of the jib was needed because of the increased speed. What I learned from this situation is that practices does improve overall knowledge of how these two sails work and that finding the right spot with telltales was much more natural; taking only a few seconds to set properly.
Part of this was due to the heavier racing schedule and then a latent period of break when I wasn't in town. When I came back things just seemed to make more sense and I gauged the wind, course and conditions better. There was a more intuitive sense on what to do much like learning to ride a bike.
What can we learn from this?
1. Practice makes perfect.
2. Practice followed by a latent period allows for deeper learning.
3. Learning under pressure speeds up the process.
4. Persistence in your goals is necessary.