Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Start | Starting Strategies : Taking the Pin



Many racers overlook the pin start on a starboard tack. When the RC side is very crowded and the wind is relatively square to the line making a pin start can get you clean air quicker then staying at the back of the pack waiting for your chance to duck sterns and tack to clean air.

Walking the line on a port reach and tacking over at the pin on the gun is a great starting tactic. If the port tack is favoured to the pin you may want to consider a port tack pin start. The Starboard start can get you ahead of the pack with clear room to foot and gain speed, or at least give you room to execute your tactical strategy without being sandwiched. Be sure to find your opportunity to cross the fleet if you can to realize your gain.

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