An Overview of the Seminars
The history of the Rick White's Sailing Seminars.
The seminars began in the spring of 1989 with the first catamaran race-training seminar, held in the Florida
Keys. It was based upon the popular and successful Olympic training program developed by the Ontario Sailing Centre
in Canada. Since then Rick White has made numerous modifications and added many drills of his own in an effort
to constantly improve the program. He currently conducts race-training seminars for many varieties of boats, from
catamarans to Lasers and Sunfish, and up to E-Scows and the Corsair F-24 thru F-31 trimarans. The Dragonfly trimarans
have now been added to this list, and we are open to doing seminars for any one-design classes.
Rick White has raced in many different classes of boats over the past
30 years and has over 180 major championships to his credit. He has written
four books on catamaran racing, and the two most recent, Catamaran
Racing: for the 90s, (which all applies to trimarans) and Sailng
Drills: How to Sail Better, Faster, Smarter, Safer are the
most current and complete books on the market. Most of the information also
applies to trimarans, and a great deal of it to monohulls, as well.
For many of the seminars, he also brings in a special guest expert, of national or world caliber, skilled
in the particular class of boat.
Our seminars take a building-block approach to race-training.
More about the format of the Seminar:
The format is flexible to accommodate local conditions and problems, however, this is the "normal"
As you can see from the attached formats, we usually have only a long half day on the water the last day, getting
in by 1:00 p.m., and with the whole seminar ending about 2:00 p.m. However, we can easily adjust and have the first
session the moming of the first day and have a full day on the last day. Or we can start on Thursday night as usual
and STILL have a full day on Sunday. The reason we plan the schedule the way we do is that many people want to
leave early on the last day so they can pack up and get home. As I said, we are very flexible and can accommodate
whatever people want.
- All sailors arrive the evening prior to the first scheduled day of seminar. They set up their boats and
get them ready to go.
- On that first evening (usually Thursday evening for a three-day seminar or Sunday evening for a five-day
seminar) everyone completes registration (pays whatever is still owed), and fills out registration forms, we have
a get-acquainted session, introduction to the course, orientation for the seminar (how the drills are run, the
schedule, etc.), a brief rules clinic to make sure everyone is familiar with the basic racing rules, and an IN-DEPTH
discussion of boat-handling procedures (tacking, jibing, stopping, accelerating out of a stop, backing up, etc.)
- If people are not able to be present for that first evening, we must eliminate it and do all this the first
morning of the seminar instead, which cuts severely into valuable time on the water.
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