Logging and more damn logging....
I'm meeting a sailmaker and trying to figure out which sails are in most need of upgrading. Some are obvious, like BIG RED (shrunk after wrapping around the forestay). Others are not obvious and it sure would have been nice to know how many hours, hoists, tacks and 'knot-hours' were on them.
In addition to all the other stuff that we need to write cown and collect, we really need to keep a good record of the 'regatta sails'. Think that a simple spreadsheet format will do it. It will let us quickly note the sails we used during a race or practice sail, how many hoists we made and the average wind speed. It would be nice to count the tacks. I think we can dispense with the number of tacks. It would also be easy to add links to pictures of the sails (for analysis).
So now we go for a practice sail. When we come in, some of the crew works to dry and pack the sails, other crew works to get the gear stowed and other crew works with the PC to archive the instrument data, download any sail pictures, enter the sail use data and write the log entry.
By getting a routine, each group should finish about the same time and we can all enjoy an adult beverage or two and debrief about the sail.