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.