Light breeze, 3-6 knots with sunny weather. got to club early, changed and started rigging.
A new member Heather arrived, and was asking for directions, so I became her partial instructor for the day, she mainly crewed but also steered on three seperate occasions. She said I was good teacher, I mentioned how it may have to do with positive speaking.
On the helm I improved my skipper communication,
inserting an extra statement for jibing and tacking.
helm: “get ready to tack!” when we are about to pass the buoy.
crew: “ready.” when they have their lines in order.
helm: “helm’s alee.” while turning indicating helm is leeward of crew, as we go through the wind.
for jibes the protocol be
helm: “get ready to jibe!” as we are about to pass the buoy.
crew: “ready.” with hand on boom or vang for controlled jibe.
helm: “coming about.” as we through a sailing run and the boom comes about to the leeward side.
Also my jibes were drastically improved, we managed to do full 180 degree jibes within only 2 meters of the buoy, being close enough to touch it, and on several occasions we tapped it on the side as we went about it.
The orange tacking buoy was often caught by various students of our sailing class, even we caught it once though quickly raised the centerboard to detach it.
We were making such tight turns, and getting the most out of the light breeze, I even hiked out with my torso parallel to the water at some points. Ron the most talkative instructor said we were “whipping around the course”.
I found it interesting how even though we had 10 boats in the water sailing this small course, we managed to sail side by side, and fairly close to each other. I did have to do some tight evasions. Heather when she was on helm knocked into a windward boat, fortunately managed to swerve in time. A windward boat also crashed into us once afterwards. we managed to get by with just a scratch.
There were several collisions on the course, and one even included a three, way, with three boats colliding, fortunately the worst of the damage was a bite out of some boats bow fender.