How to have a good Practice Sail
- Be sure that the student does all the sailing and rigging. You act as a resource for the student. Be a coach. Watch what they do and offer encouragement and positive suggestions.e sure that the student does all the sailing and rigging. You act as a resource for the student. Be a coach. Watch what they do and offer encouragement and positive suggestions.
- Find something positive about any maneuver that the student executes, and then shape their behavior toward the goal.
- Be aware of the skills on the water test. Push the student to try everything, but ask them what skills they want to work on that day.
- Don’t forget to practice docking. It may be that on an evening practice sail docking needs to be practiced early, while the wind is still up.
- Have Fun!
- Take charge of your experience. Tell your skipper what you want to work on and then do it.
- Remember that all rated members skipper practice sails. Their skills may vary. If you need instruction (not just practice), request a practice sail with an instructor.
- Take criticism with a grain of salt. We try for consistency, but everyone has his/her own idiosyncratic ways of doing things. Take what you need from the experience. You will find that there is something to learn from everyone with whom you sail.
- Be sure that you learn something every time that you sail. Each time is a new experience. We all learn something every time we go out on the water. You should too.
- Have Fun!