Ian Budgen interview part 2


On headsail trimming a Cup boat and the structure of GBR Challenge's sailmaking team
Read part one of this interview here The headsail trimmer on the GBR Challenge race boat trims one side of the boat through the pre-start sequence, the other side being taken by the downwind trimmer. After the start the headsail trimmer trims on both tacks. Through the tacks the upwind trimmer does the let off and the downwind trimmer tails, then the upwind trimmer takes over. On the approach to the topmark, the downwind trimmer takes the kite sheet and trims the chute downwind while the upwind trimmer is on the guy. "It has been known for a trimmer to do everything - to do upwind and downwind sails - but that is quite exceptional these days," explains Budgen. "Normally you do have separate trimmers for each sail. The other way of doing it is for one trimmer to do one side of the boat or the other side of the boat, so one does starboard tack and the other does port tack, upwind and downwind. But we've split it upwind and downwind so that from tack to tack going upwind firstly the sail set-up is the same because you've got the same person doing it, plus you've got the standardisation of terminology, dealing with people, characters, just used to listening to their voices. "And of course the same downwind: the trimmer is very much in control of what angle the boat sails at and the speed of the boat through the water because they are basically calling the pressure on the spinnaker to the helmsman and when you go from one gybe to the other gybe, you wouldn't want another person doing it, because you get used to how people communicate. You need the consistency of the people in order that they learn about the sails that they are trimming

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