Lock in your tuning partner: Any major one-design class will be chock-a-block full of tuning partners. Phone a friend and set the schedule ahead of time with when and where to meet. Don't be shy to continue this into the event, going as far as debriefing both boats at the end of each day's racing. Nothing is better than a mudslide at the Tiki hut and some bar karate to learn the finer points of lessons learned on the day. Within this it's great to coordinate enough time each morning to do a 5- to 8-minute line up, a 3-minute split, and finish off the warm up lap with downwind work. Remember, if you have been off for a while, getting to the racecourse early with a good warm up will be worth its weight in gold.