In competitive sailing, a vessels’ skipper must consider a number of variables to
determine the ‘Layline’ or the optimum course the boat must take that balances speed
and distance sailed. Calling the windward mark accurately, while having to consider
ever changing inputs posed by wind speed and direction and water currents, is critical
to minimizing the time to efficiently complete the course and ultimately to win the
race. Unfortunately, mother nature doesn’t always cooperate often requiring the
skipper to take corrective actions in order to reach the mark.
Not unlike sailors, energy pros are often required to make decisions to change course
in real-time as variables they face change and have to be accounted for. Suffice it to
say, energy pro’s and sailors at all levels, learn to rely on the combination of
experience and ready access to critical data inputs in order to make the right
judgement calls to save time and energy.