Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Start | Starting Strategies : Offbeat Starts

My earlier post recalled getting caught off-guard on an offbeat start. Looking back at the race I recall heading out to one side but had not committed to that side of the course. I was looking for an opportunity to get back to the middle of the course. We did have a good jump off the start but suffered windshadow from the fleet as I tried to square off.

I should have went higher to get clear and avoid shadow and wait for a point to gybe over once I had a clear lane. Bill Gladstone has written this article on offbeat starts (an excerpt from his book) which I will be purchasing in the near future.

He has some great strategies for these types of starts. There are very resources available that cover these scenarios. Most strategy and tactics deal with likely scenarios.

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