While it was great to win, the crew races most importantly, and quite simply, made the event more fun. Smaller, more informal events like this one are the perfect occasion to mix it up. And crew races aren’t just for kicks. Crews that can skipper and skippers that can crew have a better understanding of everything sailing-related. Crews at the helm can work on where to place tacks, when to accelerate and how to defend laylines at the start. Skippers get the big-picture view of racing from the front of the boat, gaining insight into changing tactical situations and racecourse conditions while analyzing sail trim and boatspeed. So if you’re looking for a way to make your team stronger, or if the sailing simply gets monotonous, it’s about time you made the switch.