A Cat 2 ocean race requires hours of work to get your crew and your boat set up to tick all the boxes to become certified.
This month, Alfred’s News chats with Neil Driscoll from Above and Beyond Boating personalised training and boat management about how to go about getting prepared for Coffs. 
 
Preparation for such a big race can be an arduous task, planning and setting up a campaign can save money, get your team and boat certified.  Neil, through his experiences explains how important it is to start planning early. 
The joys of ocean racing. Photo: High Anxiety The joys of ocean racing. Photo: High Anxiety
“The earlier to start a campaign the better, you’re better off progressively picking and choosing your equipment rather than pouring in money and effort in the last week.” Says Neil.
Gearing up for the Coffs race can be very expensive but luckily there are plenty of options available. By starting the campaign earlier, skippers and crew can work out budgets and pathways to maximise value. 
Considering whether you hire equipment or buy it? Do you allocate friends and family to get involved with training courses to minimise costs? These are the questions which need to be adressed.
Getting your boat certified is one thing but getting your crew and team prepared is also a very important factor. The relationships you have with each other become much greater in an ocean race. 
Neil is a big believer of having the team sailing with like minded attitudes, his training programs try and focus around one goal or message which everyone can adhere to.  
“The training courses we do we value the same message and meaning, we supply tailored courses for everyone to understand and keep everyone on the same page."
Having a team which understands one another is a major advantage in an ocean race and as Neil puts it, “When you climb in a life raft with someone, even though it’s training in a swimming pool, you really get to know them.” Neil pushes many of his clients to to sail and speaks highly of the Club’s Blue Water Point Score Series and Short Ocean Point Score Series. “No one wants to go out go into a Coffs race and sail for 3 days and come last, the Blue Water Point Score Series prepares teams to really get a feel of sailing with each other, clients who I have trained who sail regularly, I can tell they take on a lot more. August is a perfect time to start setting up for Coffs. It allows your team to acquire the certified training for the category upgrades and also prepares the boat and team for the start of the sailing season. Neil and Above and Beyond Boating have launched their new website and also a series of blogs which will outline specific areas of training for ocean racing.                                                
The Club's BWPS is a great way to spend a SaturdayThe Club's BWPS is a great way to spend a Saturday
For more information visit www.aabboating.com The next MOB session is complimentary and is on the 18th July from 0900 to 11am to sign up, email Neil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and how many people will be attending. 
 
 

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