Listen To Your Teammate

Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:15

Story by Carol Cronin

(Photo courtesy Ted Morgan)

At a recent Snipe regatta, Kim Couranz and I counted up the number of lines we each control. Her total? Sixteen (eight on port tack, eight on starboard). My total?


Giving Kim all the controls except the mainsheet allows me to concentrate on steering and trimming without distraction. Of course, that means I trust her completely. So why is it still so hard to listen to her excellent advice about what to do next on the race course?


2017 Frigid Digit

Monday, 16 October 2017 02:27

Severn Sailing Association Annapolis, MD USA

October 14-15

12 boats, 7 races, 1 discard

12 boats turned out for two fun days of racing on the Chesapeake Bay, two weeks later than the usual Frigid Digit dates (and neatly overlapped with the Lightning Frigid Digit). Weather was hardly "frigid" with summer-like temps both days (and summer-like light winds on Saturday). Three races were fit in on Saturday under gray skies in a 2-7 knot northerly breeze that kept the powerboat traffic down.


Small Boat Scene: Avoid That Tunnel Vision

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:37

by Kim Couranz (from spinsheet.com)

Dang it! We’ve all been there. You just had to cover that one competitor, no matter which way they went. You just had to follow the local knowledge, high-tailing it to one part of the course. You just had to tack immediately off the start, to set you up for the righthand shift the weather forecast said was coming. You just had to change your spreader length, because you heard the regatta leader talking about it last night at dinner.

Oops. It didn’t work out. 

While the classic version of sailboat racing’s “tunnel vision” is focusing in on one competitor and letting a whole pack sail by, tunnel vision or hyperfocusing on one element can affect several parts of our sailboat racing game.


by Kim Couranz - Spinsheet magazine

Just because you can do something doesn't always mean you should. That "just one more" rum and coke, just because there's an already-opened can of soda? Maybe not a good idea. Polishing off the tray of lasagna, because you're "just helping to clean up"? Not if you're trying to be healthy. Tacking on a random competitor halfway up the first beat, just because they're there? Nope, not okay.


US Women's Nationals - Final

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:02

Miami, February 5, 2017. 16 teams completed 6 races over two days on Biscayne Bay. Dominated by light air, we did get to stretch our hiking legs on the last race of the first day. Mafalda and Angela were able to come back from a slow start in today's only race to win the regatta with all firsts and one second. Lisa and Lexi Pline won today's race; Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz will take home the US Women's Nationals trophy, an elegant ship's clock.

Final results after 6 races (1 discard):

1. POR Mafalda Pires de Lima & Angela Pumariega, 6

2. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 11

3. USA Aimee Heim & Megan Place, 18

4. USA Kathleen Tocke & Christina Persson, 25

5. USA Lisa Pline & Lexi Pline, 26

... full results and photos ...

Frigid Digit - Final

Monday, 03 October 2016 07:30

Annapolis, October 1-2, 2016 Report by Alex Pline

1. Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 3

2. Lee Griffith & Nikki Bruno, 8

3. Alex Pline & Jill Bennett, 9

The weekend started out with a lot of rain in the Mid Atlantic on Friday, but at least we knew we wouldn't get blown out like last year. However, while the wind forecast for Saturday looked pretty good, it promised to be very light on Sunday. There are two conditions that always remind me of the Frigid Digit: Cool, wet, foggy Nor 'easter-like and bright, brisk, cool northewester after a cold front-like. Both are tricky conditions to sail in with different challenges. This year's event was no different with the Nor 'Easter-like version for Saturday.


Annapolis, May 8, 2016

It was another interesting weekend on the Chesapeake for the 2016 SSA Snipe Spring Series. 15 boats showed up for Saturday, many hoping to get in a few races before the North Americans in June. Your author was still driving to qualify for the Worlds in Vatican City only to learn that the month-old April Fool's joke only fooled him. Saturday turned into a lovely day for socializing as the wind never came in and we floated around until racing was called a little after 1PM.


Connecting the Dots from Sailing to Racing

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:47

By Kim Couranz - originally published on SpinSheet Magazine - December 2015

How did you get into sailing small boats—and more specifically, how were you introduced to racing small boats? [more specifically you can read an article written by Carol Cronin: How to Start Racing Snipe Right]

Successful junior programs around the Chesapeake Bay introduce young sailors to sailing skills and racing strategy. But for those who don't grow up in a junior program, once they learn basic sailing, if they're interested in taking the leap into racing, how do they learn how it all happens?

I ask this because, a few years ago, I got lost while running in a race in a state park in the middle of nowhere in the east Tennessee mountains. (Really, there's a connection, stay with me here!) Finally I backtracked to the proper course, but my "detour" meant I missed a time cutoff and couldn't go out for the final nine miles of the race. I DNFed (did not finish)—my first DNF, at least in a running race, ever.


6 Lessons from the Lightweights

Monday, 12 October 2015 19:00

By Carol Cronin  (Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Kim Couranz and I top out at a combined 280 pounds (127 kg), and more than one well-intentioned friend has quietly suggested we find heavier teammates. But we like sailing together too much for that, so instead we have worked hard to minimize our limitations. Here are six lessons we learned at the 2015 Worlds.


By Carol Cronin

33rd overall? Doesn’t sound very impressive. Four years ago, Kim Couranz and I sure weren’t crowing about that finish at the 2011 Snipe Worlds. So why are we so proud of finishing in exactly the same spot at the same regatta this year? Because it actually shows we’ve gotten better.

First off, there were only 59 boats at the 2011 Worlds and 83 at the 2015 event. Statistically, 33/83 is much better than 33/59—and I would argue that our progress has been even more significant than those numbers would indicate.