This past winter, when I returned to racing TP52s after sailing the high-octane AC45s and AC72s, I found myself rethinking the “speed loop” between the helmsman, trimmers, and tactician. On the catamarans we had plenty of discussions on speed, feelings, modes, etc., but the communication was much more difficult because of the radio systems we used and the blistering pace at which things were happening. A lot of the communication was small sound bites. Also, a mode change was normally a 5-knot change, not 0.1 knots. With this in mind, before I went sailing on the TP52 I had to dig into my notes and brush up on the best methods to communicate in a more “normal” environment.