The Mooring Minute – Champion of Champions 2018!
I just arrived back from competing at the US Sailing Champions of Champions and had the amazing opportunity to have David Wood crew for me. Here is my take on the event and competition. The best sailors all seem to be humble and they are grounded by past races that just didn’t go as planned. They all seem to have a strong sense of self and a sense of confidence in all that they do! Great sailors don’t always have a need to be right, they don’t need to prove themselves as their past speaks to today, they are all comfortable in their skin and have the ability to let each race unfold and come to them. They have patients, a gameplan, they are the first to acknowledge that they were wrong and they are the first to do their circles. They always find that magical shift which propels them back into the game, as they are in tune and focused on the here and now, rather than being caught up in some dispute or what might have been.
We all fight our ego, and our intense passion to succeed, often our ambition outpaces our virtue, but the great ones always find peace and do what they do well.
The biggest take away regarding lake sailing is to sail your own race. To navigate against the clock and get from point to point as quickly as you can. Sailing in pressure is king, even if you think you are sailing in the wrong direction, float in the direction which will make you go fast, as speed does bread brilliance. Speed takes you to opportunities, it allows you the perspective to do a good thing well. In lake sailing, seeing what others have and sailing from a place of envy is slow, as when you chase the changing breeze you are left behind. Sailing from the point of preservation of covering leading and crossing to hold a position is a recipe to lose lengths at each crossing as you are focused on what’s behind vs. sailing into the pressure which often lies ahead. So focus forward, sail fast, sail your own race and do what it takes you to get from point to point as quickly as you can, race the clock, not your competitors. Create your own opportunity, one leg at a time and you will be surprised at the outcome as we were when we finally figured it out!
So untie the ties which are holding you back and head out and build your legacy one race at a time!
The Mooring Minute!
By Walter Johnson
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