5 tips Skills for run­ning the bow off­shore, with Jack Bout­tell

HOW TO RUN THE BOW OFF­SHORE

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ANDY RICE talks to Volvo Ocean Race win­ning bow­man JACK BOUT­TELL

Bri­tish-aussie pro sailor Jack Bout­tell be­lieves that suc­cess in his job as bow­man comes down to prepa­ra­tion more than any­thing else. This ap­plies es­pe­cially to in­shore bow­men about to go off­shore for a big race: if you try to wing it, and make it up as you go along, you’ll come un­stuck.

A good bow­man will find out as much as he can about the boat and the sys­tems on board even be­fore he has ar­rived at the ma­rina.

Train­ing time is crit­i­cal for plan­ning and re­fin­ing pro­cesses, es­pe­cially work­ing up a sys­tem of com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween the crew, as Bout­tell found on the mul­ti­lin­gual Volvo Race Dongfeng crew, and on maix tri­maran Spin­drift, where ev­ery­thing is spoken in French.

Here are Bout­tell’s five best tips for work­ing the bow off­shore:

Dongfeng bow­man Jack Bout­tell: prepa­ra­tion be­fore the start is his key to be­ing suc­cess­ful and safe

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