Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2020) 19, 298 - 308

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Coordination between Crew Members on Flying Multihulls: A Case Study on a Nacra 17
Eric Terrien1, , Benoît Huet1, Paul Iachkine2, Jacques Saury1
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1 Laboratoire Motricité Interactions Performance (EA 4334), Université de Nantes, France
2 École Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques, France

Eric Terrien
✉ Laboratoire Motricité Interactions Performance (EA4334), Université de Nantes, France
Publish Date
Received: 09-05-2019
Accepted: 02-02-2020
Published (online): 01-05-2020
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A current trend in sailing sports is the use of boats equipped with hydrofoils, allowing the boats to “fly” over the water surface. In this situation, the handling of the boat requires fine coordination between the crew members to maintain the precarious flight. The purpose of this case study was to analyze the crew activity on a flying multihull and explore the role of the shared sport equipment in the emergence of coordination between crew members. Data were collected during a training session with a crew of expert sailors. A joint analysis of phenomenological and mechanical data was conducted. The aim of the analysis was to categorize the forms of interactions between crew members, boat and environment. Results showed that collective coordination in the studied situation involves six forms of interaction that are associated with stable, unstable or critical states of the flight. Consequently, we discussed the role played by the crew members, the behavior of the boat and the environment in the collective coordination.

Key words: Interpersonal coordination, joint action, course of experience, cognition, water sports

           Key Points
  • Coordination between crew members on a flying sailing boat includes six forms of interaction going from individual interactions of each crew members with the boat and the boat environment to social interactions between crew members.
  • On flying boats, as in rowing, the shared sport equipment actively participates in collective coordination. Similarities and differences in the role played by the boat are discussed in this paper.
  • This study encourages joint consideration of experiential data from the athletes and measurement data from the shared sport equipment to understand collective coordination in highly equipment-dependent sports.
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