The crew of a racing boat is as important as
the helmsman – they work as a team to sail as fast as they can. But
different members of that team have different roles in the boat. In
addition to the obvious roles which belong to the crew – trimming the
jib and spinnaker and helping keep the boat upright – the crew can also
contribute to tactics, boat tuning, watching the competition and so on.
In this book, Olympic gold medallist crew,
Saskia Clark, describes all that is needed to become a top-rate crew, or
just be a better crew at whatever level you want to compete at.
She initially takes you through getting
started as a crew and team – choosing a boat and setting your goals. She
then turns to the specific crewing skills of hiking, trapezing, tacking,
gybing, handling the spinnaker and good boatspeed on each leg of the
course. The focus then turns to racing and particularly the roles of
each member of the team, communication, decision making and execution
around the race course.
Packed with photographs this is the ultimate
book for crews whether they be trying to win a championship or just
wanting to sail at their local club. If your helm doesn’t buy it for
you, treat yourself!