Yeah yeah, I know, some of the boats are not even back home after the 2014 event but, it is never too early to start planning.
And anyway, last week I received an email from a fellow who wanted counsel on putting together a campaign for the 2016 Newport Bermuda race. We met for a burger and beer and had a great time going over the various elements comprising a successful campaign. IT should be noted that at the moment he does not have a boat suitable for this race. After writing the Spindrift post yesterday, I thought it might be interesting to compare my notes from this meeting with what the Spindrift guys might be thinking about.
For this fellow I came up with, in no particular, just as I thought of them:
A boat suitable for the raced AND ones which the Race committee will permit to enter.
The Racing rules of Sailing AND the particular rules of the Newport to Bermuda race.
Preparation of the boat, going over all the systems, upgrading or paring them as necessary
Management of the whole project INCLUDING returning from Bermuda…
Delegation of tasks and areas of responsibility—Sailboat racing is a management exercise as much as a sail boat race.
Strategies for developing the boat, the systems and the crew—Proposed crew is light on for offshore experience into an integrated team. Coaching practice theory and other class room work as it were.
Safety at Sea education—both formal, the usual weekend seminars in the Spring and more intuitive, experiential sort
Weather, (including Gulf Stream) learning about and then decision making during the race.
Rigging and sails AND related components of crew co-ordination for setting, changing, lowering sails and the techniques, where each person is for what maneuver
Food—What, how prepared, what kind, where stowed, how served and what to eat when the wx. goes to pieces.
Health of the crew. Overall physical ability to cope with 3-6 days at sea. Meds, issues like Diabetes, seasickness for just couple of issues
And related Medical expertise, what to do when something happens to one of the crew
Logistics, paperwork—passports, race entry paperwork etc.: Back office stuff.
Electronics, related to performance and to Navigation.
Navigation and related disciplines of the position of the boat relative to the Gulf Stream, the expected weather and the competition.
The foregoing is a reasonable overview of what needs to be managed for a 40 foot mono-hull, sailed by Corinthian sailors in a 600-mile race 2 years from now.
In the next few posts I will break down these by number and elaborate a little on just what is needed.