3. Practice and managing expectations.
Is it reasonable to expect to win if you don't practice? No. Plain and simple. If the expectation is to win, then practice will be required. When putting together a mixed team of amateurs and pros, don't have a lot of rotation in the intense boat handling positions. Onboard Barking Mad we sailed with the same pit girl for 10 years. Linda Lindquist was awesome and was given the most flexibility with scheduling because we knew she would always deliver. It would, however, be unreasonable to put a different pit person in every regatta and expect the sails to go up and down perfectly. High expectations are good to have, but managing the expectation to meet the time commitment is key.