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Races are WON and LOST at the start.  If you can master the points mentioned in STARTING ( under Sailing the Course) you are literally almost half way to a good finishing position.


Invariably however you will have to fight for a good position on the start line - especially if one end of the line is favoured. Here you really do need to know your rights and any limitations under the Racing Rules to be able to make SPLIT SECOND decisions to enforce your rights or to bale out of an unteniable situation you have sailed into.


To start with ......... keep it simple !


Remember - been in the vicinity of the favoured end but with clear wind and room to manouver and hitting the line just after the start signal with speed is as good or better than getting swallowed up in a whole bunch of boats and fowl air or getting involved in contact with another boat(s) and or the start mark, while trying for an impossible pole position at the favoured end.


Sometimes Discretion is the better part of Valour!

RULES - THE START PRE-START LUFFING  BARGING  FAST LUFFING AT THE MARK  BARGING EXCEPTIONS  LUFFING OVER THE LINE  LUFFING AFTER THE START  INDIVIDUAL RECALL  BEING OCS  MOVING ASTERN  RE-STARTING ROOM TO  MANOEUVRE Turquoise boat is sailing A bit high to maximise the  Space to leeward - so that after The start she can foot faster To pull far enough ahead of Blue to WINDWARD to Enable her to tack onto  PORT when possible. This boat is heading into trouble ! There is no space - it MUST give  Blue room to keep clear but Blues Sails are flapping and will take time  to respond only WHEN and OVERLAP is established - which it has not done as shown at this point At the START SIGNAL This boat is OCD - and Has started premeturly  It must return to the start  Line and start correctly Sometimes a PORT TACK start at this end of The line pays off but invariably R.O.W STARBOARD TACK Boats will prevent you doing this.  If this end of the line is strongly biased you could get away to a good start. This is covered under THE START This Red  Boat has NO Rights to  Barge in here

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