by Dave Perry, 4x U.S. Match Racing National Champion
In a close match race, it is common for the two boats to meet often on the beat. The boat on the right (starboard or S) has the advantage, but it must play it smart or risk losing control of the right…and the race.
The strongest move is for S to wait for P to begin bearing away to duck her, and then tack to leeward of her (leebow). P will either tack away immediately, or try to live on S’s hip (which is usually a losing move for P).
But sometimes S meets P at a position 3 to 4 lengths down from the starboard layline (which I call No Man’s Land), such that a leebow won’t work because P will easil…
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