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When you find your­self head­ing back to the line to restart, don’t de­spair, there’s a whole race­course ahead to get back in the race.

Quickly ac­knowl­edge the mis­take, take a deep breath, and keep these tips in mind. STICK TO THE GAME PLAN: The frus­tra­tion of be­ing OCS of­ten causes teams to com­pletely aban­don their prestart game plan. In­stead, try to find a way to uti­lize your pre- race re­search.

WORK TO GET A CLEAR LANE: For ex­am­ple, your best opportunity might be to get to the left to clear your­self around the pin and tack back to star­board. You’ll be se­cond row — or worse — but the sep­a­ra­tion from the boats that started prop­erly may al­low you to still ex­e­cute your plan. GET OUT OF PHASE: If nei­ther side is fa­vored, look to find clean air by going against the grain. Re­mem­ber, groups of boats al­ways tend to slow one an­other down. MINIMIZE TACKS: Hit­ting a cor­ner is one way to re­duce the num­ber of tacks. But, it’s a risky call. If you de­cide to be more con­ser­va­tive, make sure to limit your tacks. BOATSPEED: It’s easy to get dis­cour­aged or dis­tracted when look­ing at so many tran­soms. Re­dou­ble your ef­forts to main­tain boatspeed. FO­CUS ON SHORT-TERM GOALS: Look one mark ahead and iden­tify boats that can be picked off or closed in on. Main­tain a con­stant di­a­logue about your progress and keep the team’s frame of mind as pos­i­tive as pos­si­ble. LEARN MORE Read the full ar­ti­cle in the Re­sources and Ex­per­tise sec­tion on Quan­tum­sails.com.

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