When you skipper a boat, you must know exactly why you do the things that you do.
If you watch experienced skippers, they may tackle the same situation in many different ways. The choice between one approach and another may make little difference to the final result-provided the skipper knows exactly why they chose the course of action they did!
To become very proficient, you must borrow ideas from as many different sources as possible, books, magazines, courses and sailing with experienced sailors. Having explored different ideas it is vital that you then make up your own mind about how to do things.
If you just follow an idea that you read about or something you saw someone else do, it is likely that you will not be fully successful. This is because there are subtleties in everything we do that can not be written down or fully observed, but if you have thought through your plan-before acting, you will achieve a much smoother outcome.
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