• M32
May 30, 2016

During competition week, teams continuously follow each other out onto the water to match race – the days can be long, but duels are always intense.

07:00: Wake up

07:30-08:30: Daily Exercise

The team meets for an exercise session in the city hosting the stage of the World Tour.

08:30: Breakfast

After breakfast the skipper attends the briefing and studies the weather conditions on the lake - an essential part in developing an effective strategy.

09:30: Skipper’s briefing

Every morning a skippers briefing is held with the. During the 30-minute meeting, the umpires confirm the schedule for the day and confirm the race rules. One of the objectives in match racing is to provoke a penalty from your opponent, so it is essential to clearly understand the rules in order so as to be able to use them to your advantage. 

Meanwhile, the crew in the first group (who sail in the morning) prepare the boat.

09:30: Warm-up

The following day’s race programme s announced to the. Races are scheduled to begin either in the morning or the afternoon, with the first scheduled to start at 10:00.

During the 10 to 15-minute warm-up, teams practice some manoeuvres on the water and test the course. The benefit of this time is that it is an opportunity for the teams to familiarise themselves with the field of play, taking note of the currents, wind direction etc.

During the event for some teams the days can be very long  as if they are not racing in the morning, the challenge is to stay focused and conserve energy until they race at the end of the day. It is important to take advantage of this time to watch opponents and take note of strengths and weaknesses to prepare for a match against them.

The races are intense and last 10 to 12 minutes. So it is essential to be fully committed in the first few minutes. The goal is not to waste time when manoeuvring and to make quick decisions. In short: a lot of pressure but a lot of adrenaline.

End of the day: The Review

Every team meets at the end of the day to do a review, analyse the races, define areas for improvement and prepare themselves for the next day.

They also set aside time for a light jog and some stretching to keep them fit for the following days races.

During competition week, each day is different and the schedule of matches becomes more intense once the fleet races are completed (after the first two days). Each team can also be called to race several times a day during the knockout rounds (last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, final) dependent on the weather and the race results.

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