Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Start | Go for Speed Off The Line

During pre-race maneuvers and before you cross the line there will most likely be less wind and disturbed wind created from the other boats on the line, boats upwind on another start. To make the best of your starting position ease your sails out a bit for speed. Keep your sails full and flatten when you have reached cleaner air. This will help maximize your power off the start. A flatter sail will allow you to point but the fuller sail will drive you faster and power you through the dirty air.

Try to adjust sail trim when you are at the beginning of your maneuvers and mark the trim off on your sheets with a grease pencil or piece of tape so you can reproduce your trim results on your final approach.

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