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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.

THE WINDWARD BEAT

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.

UPWIND BASICS - Understanding & Playing the Shifts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

STARBOARD TACK R.O.W BOAT WIND SHADDOW DISTURBED AIR EASE SAILS SLIGHTLY & FOOT OFF  TO LEEWARD CREATING MORE SEPERATION ( A SLIGHT LOSS) BUT INTO CLEAR AIR. BLOCKED BY GREEN BOAT CANNOT TACK The extend of the wind shaddow will vary depending on the number of boats That are close together creating it. The wind strength will also play a factor - from 3 to 4 boatlengths in light air to  To a bit less in stronger wind. ENSURE YOU HAVE CLEAR AIR IF YOU STAY HERE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO LOOSE CLEAR AIR WIND SHADDOW DISTURBED AIR HARDEN UP ONTO A CLOSED HAULED COURSE AND SHEET  SAILS IN FULLY AND WATCH FOR ANY OTHER STARDOARD TACK BOATS TACK AWAY ONTO PORT TACK AND DUCK THE TRANSOM OF THE R.O.W STARBOARD TACK BOAT(S)  INTO CLEAR AIR -  EASE YOUR SAILS SLIGHTLY WHEN BEARING AWAY