Sometime last week, Doug from Improper Course wrote this rather excellent tip on capsize recovery.
Because I grew up sailing on a gravel pit, which had plenty of shallows (as my daggerboards can attest), and subsequently did my club sailing on an estuary which was largely less than 2 metres deep, Doug's tip would probably never have occurred to me.
But, as most of the really competitive sailing is done in rather deeper waters, it is definitely a tip I'll use. Not least because, when the pressure is on and the heat of the battle is at its most intense, I tend to capsize.
When the going gets tough, the tough go swimming.
Anyway, because it is such a good tip, I figured I'd add a link to it on my page on capsizing and capsize recovery. Which I've done. While I was there, I had a brief look at some of the videos I'd put there to help others.
And I found this:
It's Greg Douglas (the Canadian Olympian) doing a capsize recovery in exactly the manner described by Doug!
Which got me to thinking.
A little while ago I was lucky enough to interview serial-championship winner Nick Craig, and one of the key things that came out of our chat was how important good observation of top sailors can be in improving your sailing...
...and I had seen a top sailor recover from a death-roll capsize in 20 seconds...
...and I hadn't actually taken the time to observe how he had done it.
Thank God Doug was there to literally spell it out. In short sentences. With diagrams.
I recommend you have a browse through Doug and Pam's blog, Improper Course, if you haven't done so already. There's lots more little gems like this in there.