CORONADO YACHT CLUB -- From Wednesday to Friday, two DRYC 420 teams, Cassie Obel and Annika Garrett, along Sidney Gathrid and Lola Rice, headed down to Coronado Yacht Club for the Southern California C420 Class Clinic. Coaches included Haley Kirk, Adam Roberts, Nick Kaschak, and head Stanford coach John Vandemoer.
Due to the wide range of skill levels amongst participants, the coaches divided the clinic into three groups. Coronado's South Bay greeted sailors with sunny skies, flat water, and five to fourteen knots of shifty breeze. The first day of the clinic addressed boat speed: between and during speed tests, sailors adjusted settings and tested different modes of sailing. Then, the three groups reconvened for racing. After sailing, video debrief was especially helpful to compare upwind sailing styles and learn from other sailors.
The second day, coaches included tight boat handling and starting drills, followed by more racing. The third and final race day incorporated a special focus not only on skills learned the previous days but also on developing and executing a go-to pre-race routine. Overall, the clinic successfully prepared sailors for the summer's upcoming regattas.