TLDR: We’re a group of sailors who meet once a week to train. Each week we focus on one topic. This is how we are designing our training
program. We'd love insights and ideas on how we can make it better !
Program Principles [Draft]:
Open: Peer co-learning: Anyone welcome, so long as they have something to share, the desire to learn. We’re not a sailing school
, it’s a group of people who want to keep learning
and sail at peak performance.
Focused: Every week we pick a topic, the most qualified/interested member
for that topic prepares the training session for the following Saturday and may share videos/tutorials in the week. (Maybe a mid week meeting, or sail session too). If you come on Saturday, do your homework and show up on time.
Document: We will document the key learnings of every training. On each session someone will be designated to taking notes or a video, so new members can just watch it. Over time we will build comprehensive SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for boat
, roles, manoeuvres, trim etc.
Learn by Teaching: New members who join will be assigned a “veteran” who will run the new member
through the previous trainings, using the notes/videos. The goal is consistency in procedures, and learning
Committed: I, as the boat
owner, commit to making the boat available every Saturday for training. Once I have a crew who knows the boat, even if I am not available I may make the boat available for training so long as a "boat captain” is available on the day. Other members may bring out the group on their boat. Members who join have an interest in learning and contributing on a regular basis.
Roles: On each training, every member
has specific role. Navigation
, Trim, Pit, Bow etc. Not generalists. But we will rotate, bearing in mind different levels of experience.
The goal: become a group of all rounded sailors, developing SoPs and optimal performance for S/v Ikigai, but able to move onto another member’s boat, with shared conventions, adapting and learning on that boat. Boat owners benefit by having a team who work
by the same conventions. Members get to sail on more than just one boat.
But not too structured: Processes emerge through trial and error, so leave space for emergent learning.
At the moment, I'm planning on drawing on these 3 resources:
The “Systems Sailing Playbook" and video tutorials developed by Wally Cross for Quantum Sails
, which I just discovered. I have not fully explored it but it seems an amazing roadmap to optimal performance. If you havn't seen it, I encourage you to take a look.
The RYA Yachtmaster
syllabus, which some of us in the group have done, regularly reviewing and doing drills on all aspects we learned when preparing for the exam but don't practice as much as we should.
The experience and insights of our members as well as specific curiosities and interests we may want to explore.
So, these are my ideas, we are just getting started with the program, If anyone here has pointers to systems and programs or ideas in general, I’d be very grateful !
And of course, if you visit our part of the world (we're in Sardinia, Italy) and the above resonates, you're welcome to come sailing with us.
We just set up an Instagram account to log what we learn each week, if you're interested: @sailingikigai