try this one.. this wed night it is my boats responsibility to do RC for our club. We got a bullet last week which put us clearly in contention for top spot for the series.
However, I don't really give a rats ass about the results on Wed nights. So since there are a couple of my crew that are perfectly capable of sailing the boat around the course,
I and my main trimmer will be doing RC this wed night and the rest of the crew will be racing the boat around the course. I know that the gal driving can drive, I know that the sails will go up and down and in and out pretty much the way they are supposed to. Probably the only weak link in the chain is the drivers knowledge of the little thin water spots, but since the bottom here is soft mud and not rocks, it'll be a good lesson for her if she bottoms out.
If they finish the race without fouling anyone or destroying any sails, I'll consider it a successful evening.
If they happen to win it, or come in 2nd or 3rd, we're still in contention, will have fulfilled our RC duties for the year
and the crew will, perhaps, have a different perspective on what's going on at each phase of the race.
One of the biggest problems we had in the early years of my lead mine racing, was that, I was the only person on the boat that knew where were on the race course.
None of them had any race course presence. This has changed as I've put more of the decision making on them. They have to pay attention to: Where we are; Where the wind is coming from;
What the wind is likely to be on the next leg; Who's around us; etc... My bow man now knows what side of the boat the pole will need to be on for the next hoist, which side of the boat the jib needs to be on when it goes up.. when the pole has to get down on the deck and when it can be left up for a couple minutes after a rounding.
All this frees me up to do what I do worst, drive.