Thursday, April 15, 2010   (Image © GTS Photos)
 Tactics – Dave Perry on picking your spot
In no particular order, we publish some of Dave Parry's tactical tips for sailboat racing. This week is about picking the best spot for a good start.

Just like buying a new home, the key to getting a good start is location, location, location. I divide the starting line into three regions. Before every start I decide which region, and what part of each region I am going to start in.
The Pin - I plan to start in The Pin when the pin end is favored (more upwind in an upwind start) or the left side of the first beat is favored (pressure, shift, current). I remind myself that starting in The Pin is the riskiest region.
The Boat - I plan to start in The Boat when the boat end is favored or the right side of the first beat is favored. I keep in mind that it is relatively easy to get a decent start in this region, and a quick right-hand turn (tack to port) to find clear air.
The Middle - I plan to start in The Middle when the line is relatively square and there is no one favored side or I am not sure which side is favored. I remind myself there are likely more open lanes to be had in the middle, and with the usually sag (and especially with a reliable line sight) it is relatively easy to get my bow out in front of the boats
Read Dave’s entire article.

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