How To Execute Four Different Types Of Race Starts Reach in Reach Out - Four Different Types Of Race Starts This is probably the most used starting technique because it is simple to execute and fairly straightforward. You take note of the time remaining and beam reach on port past the part of the line you want to start at. Then you...
It's important to remember that a bad start is not the end of your day, patience and keeping a cool head will generally save you from a total disaster. You can recover from a bad start. Look for a clean exit If your start has gone wrong, don't panic and look for a clean exit sooner rather than later. Be patient though,...
If you find you have had or are about to have an ordinary start, there are multiple different ways to recover from a bad start. I have outlined a couple of my favourite ways to recover from a bad start below. Stay Where You Are And Foot Off - If you worked out that the left side of the course is...
TO WIN THE START, DON'T BE WHERE OTHERS ARE Most racers believe that they must always start at the favoured end but the favoured end is the crowded end and the crowded end is where most of the bad starts happen. Inshore races nearly always have oscillating winds shifting back and forth. If the starting line is set anywhere close to...
The Start. Starting is one of the most complex aspects of a boat race with many moving parts, sail trim, team communication, competitors' attack and defence moves and the overall strategic view. All aspects have to flow and come together all at the one time on the go Signal. Preparation Many teams spend huge hours working on perfecting crew work and...
    Starting Strategy. I have copied below, excerpts from an interview with Mike Holt, multiple 505 world champion who is renowned for getting awesome starts and having an uncanny knack of digging himself out if things go wrong during or just after a start. Describe your overall start strategy For me, whether it is a line or gate start I am focused...
Start Before the Start - Get to the racecourse at least 45 minutes before the first gun, once you arrive, there are four essential things you must do. Gather your wind readings Sail upwind and tweak sails and rig for speed, and figure out the wind pattern. The key is to watch the compass and determine a range of headings on each...
  Why We Should Practice Our Starts - Former Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie used to say that winning the 100 Metres was all about starting on the B of BANG. In a 10-second running race, every millisecond counts. We can't claim that those last few milliseconds aren't quite so crucial in sailboat racing, but they're still mighty important. Get a Jump...

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