SO you have cleared the START LINE - Now what?
Getting to the 1st WEATHER or WINDWARD MARK of the course in first place or at least in the top bunch of boats is your next objective.
Below are some of the BASICS to consider when sailing this leg.
Apart from the START the next place you can gain or loose BIG TIME, is on the FIRST BEAT to the WEATHER MARK.
The Wind is a fluid medium and ossilates from left to right and structures on the land like trees etc can influence the winds direction as can clouds etc.
While trying to cencentrate on sailing the boat fast, you need to be aware and on the lookout for changes in WIND DIRECTION. GUSTS and other compeditors on the course.
Are other boats getting better wind than you or from a better direction ? If so ..... WHY ? ......... Perhaps it cannot help you in this race but be aware of it for the next race.
If you don’t have clear air you will go no where fast. Foot or
Tack away from other boats to WEATHER of you that are giving you grief.