David Jarvis, a sailor out of Boulevard Club and RCYC, gave the Shellbacks a look at the world of the professional racing sailor.
An experienced racer and sailmaker, David described sailing on America I, the Norwegian Volvo racing team, the 2010 Canada's Cup, the Farr 40 Worlds, New York Invitational, Swan 42s, Melges 32s, and many other boats.
Racing on a J-24 last summer, David won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto sailing with Sandy Andrews, David Ogden, and Terry McLaughlin.
The Shellbacks got a clear idea of what happens in top-flight big boat racing, where money matters. Flying ocean racing hulls around the planet on the Antonov N-225 is one way to do things.
David showed the way that the sail inventory of a serious racing team is matched against sailing conditions to completely understand what sail to use in what condition (below), as an example of the detailed analysis and technology applied to these racing efforts. Each coloured region in the image below represents a single sail in a boat's inventory.
By the end, nobody in the audience thought our humble weeknight club racing efforts could be seen as finely tuned. Thanks David!
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