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Windshift man­age­ment is a bat­tle be­tween ob­ser­va­tion and in­tu­ition, but be­tween them lie a few golden rules.

In one re­cent J/ 70 se­ries in Key West, Florida, we had a poor start but logged a mem­o­rable come­back. It was a 7- knot on­shore gra­di­ent with 10-de­gree shifts and long beats. We tacked six times on the first beat and four times on the sec­ond beat. There were al­ways boats on ei­ther side of us with more lever­age, yet we man­aged to claw back to fourth place. How did that hap­pen with­out tak­ing any large lever­age? We had good speed, but it was our place­ment within each shift ( as well as a cou­ple of lucky crosses) that

There are times to heed your com­pass and times to fol­low your in­stincts.

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