Team racing is great for fast, fun and different sailboat racing. It helps develop some key skills for future racing success, including starting, boat control in close manoeuvres, boat handling and boat-on-boat tactics. This handy companion tells you all you need to know about team racing. Whether it be 2-, 3- or 4-boat; in Optimists; two-man dinghies or keelboats, everything is covered. Chris Atkins has distilled his 40 years' experience in the sport - as national champion, world championship medal winning coach and umpire - into 24 packed pages. With this guide you will learn about the rules, practising effectively, building a great team and, most importantly, how to become champion team racers. The book covers the benefits of team racing, how it is conducted and how to do it. With special emphasis on how to overtake and slow down the opposition, from the start and around the course to the finish. It covers practising, developing the winning habit and the team roles. The rules are discussed and applied to team racing as well as the role of umpires and being umpired.
Chris Atkins learnt to sail on the River Deben in Suffolk, with his first competitive steps being in the Cadet class. At school, and then Cambridge University, he graduated to team racing, where he proved very succesful, winning the National Team Racing Title when captaining the Cambidge team and on a number of occasions after that. He continued to team race after university as well as winning the national 12 National Championships several times. He served on the RYA Council and was Chairman of Selectors for the Olympic sailing team for Beijing and London. He is an international judge and is on the jury for the Volvo Ocean Race, amongst other things. He coaches and umpires team racing and is particularly involved in the Optimist Class team racing, running coaching sessions throughout the world. He is a Vice President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
Why go team racing? Formats; How to overtake; Slowing round the course; Race winning strategy; Controlling the start; Controlling the final beat; The winning habit; Practising; Climbing the ladder; Team roles; The three essential rules; Other important rules; Umpires & being umpired; Race courses & programmes