Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Start | Starting Strategies : Starting on Port Tack

Crossing the fleet on a port tack at the start...What a rush. Not a move for the faint of heart.

The strategy behind this start is that the port tack is either the favoured tack to be on or the wind is better on the pin side of the course. The other place you might use this start is if the RC side of the line is very crowded and by starting at the pin side you will have clear air up the beat.

The key to this strategy is stick to your strategy once you make the commitment. If you are sure the port tack will pay off then do it. If all goes well you will have clean air and cross the fleet. Tack back to starboard to realize your gains and don't get greedy.

You may have to duck some sterns to clear the fleet but you will come out into clean air. Tack to starboard to consolidate gains. It is a very tough start to commit to primarily because it is against the norm. Always be on the lookout for the opportunity to do a port tack start. It may turn out to be a big payoff.


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