Having an onboard coach can provide an enormous benefit during the race; having a coach boat and training partners helps you throughout the course of a series. Our group of six boats shared the coaching costs, and each boat in the group benefited from working with one another. Before the Worlds, our coach set up a starting practice and helped each boat select which sails to measure. We were able to try some new rig setups and compare with our tuning partners. Because we were sailing with a new mast, we needed to determine the best place to position the butt in order to balance the helm. We found that moving it forward a half inch provided the correct balance. Because we could monitor our speed against other boats in our tuning group, we were able to verify that we had moved the butt in the right direction. The effectiveness of the group approach is hard to ignore. Prior to our sessions, four boat in our group participated in the Jaguar Cup, posting finishes of 2, 27, 24, and 38. At the Worlds, that same group of tuning partners finished 3, 4, 7, and 11. This improvement, I feel, was a direct result of the coaching we received before and during the Worlds.