Tag: downspeed

August 11, 2017
The Secret to Winning the Start - Boat Racing

Having superb timing to the start line, great boat handling and effective defensive tactics are all part of the sequence leading up to the beginning of a race. Failure to execute any of the major components will result in a poor start. However even if perfectly done, it’s not guaranteed that your start will be successful.

June 26, 2017
Sailing Backwards on the Start Line

Mastering control of your boat while going backwards opens up many new opportunities on the start line, allowing you to reset or reposition yourself farther up the line.

December 7, 2016
Maintaining Position on the Start Line

The shoot up will cut your drift time down the line in half and allow you to remain in control when someone to leeward of you holds their spot. Practicing this manoeuvre will give you tons of control on the start line.

January 31, 2013
Downspeed Moves for Starting Success

After having done my pre-game research and having a good idea of where I want to start, I set up on the line, then use the remaining time (usually between 1 minute to 1:30 left) to create a bigger hole to leeward, and defend from poachers. The skills to increase your hole are known as "downspeed maneuvers" and they can be classified as:

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