Yachting World|April 2020
ANDY RICE asks JUSTIN SLATTERY for five tips that’ll make you faster and safer when running the pit
While running the pit is all about establishing repeatable systems and processes that run like clockwork, Justin Slattery prides himself on being open to all possibilities.
“The more organised I am in the pit, the better everything will run. But I don’t like to restrict what the back of the boat wants to do. The biggest thing for me is to remain open about everything, and always to encourage conversations about how you can make it better all the time,” he explains.
For Slattery, ‘That’s the way we’ve always done it’ is the phrase that stands in the way of progress. With new technology coming on stream all the time, he believes it’s vital to keep your mind open to new ideas and new ways of trying things.
“I remember the first time putting a tracer line on a 140-footer to hoist the Code Zero and people saying ‘that will never work.’ Now more than half of the Grand Prix fleet are using tracers.”
1 CLEAR COMMUNICATION
In the pit it’s your job to establish clear communication between the afterguard and the bow team. Having a background on the bow I have a strong idea about what the bowman needs and when.
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