Monday, August 22, 2005

Clean Air Is King

I have been reading "Championship Sailing" By Gary Jobson. An excellent resource for tactics and strategy for upwind and downwind. Many of his tactics are built around getting clean air, tacking sterns to find open water. In the last 2 races we tacked over quite early off the start and headed out to clean air. This does pay off. This is something I will be concentrating on in the upcoming Wednesday race.

The overall strategy will be based on getting that clean windward start and tacking over to maintain clean air. The boats from the next start tend to roll over us even when we have the windward advantage on our division. Tacking farther over should allow us to cover loosley while clearing our air.

The J24 does not do well at all in blanketed wind or bad air from nearby boats.

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