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.
One of the great parts about sailboat racing is that there are so many variables at play. There are racecourse factors, such as weather and current. There are setup and speed tweaks we can make to our boats. And there are many ways to play the game.