Oct 20, 2006, 5:22 PM
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When attempting to interest folks in anything with which they were not familiar, I have always found the KISS system (Keep It Sweet and Simple) worked best to suck them in.
Re: [SailTrim] How to Making Sailboat Racing Work for More People
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Sailboat racing rules and regulations for youngsters are anything but sweet or simple.
The voluminous bible of the sea, "The Rules of the Road" can be condensed to two words: "avoid collisions".
Why not develop a class rule that says just that; avoid collisions. If you have a clean start and finish first, you win. If, at any point, you hit another boat, you're disqualified. The kids will have no trouble understanding that and will quickly adapt, adopt, absorb, and adjust to it.
A quote attributed to General George S. Patton is, ""Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." Who am I to argue with "Old Blood and Guts"?