by David Flynn, SpinSheet
Downwind starts make even the best tacticians nervous. In an upwind start, as long as reasonable spacing is maintained, and you start on time, you can at least be assured of a lane that provides clean air and full speed, the primary goal of all starts. Volumes have been written about proper technique, tactics, and strategy for upwind starts.
Offwind starts (starts in which the first mark can be reached without tacking), on the other hand, involve essentially only one lane until the breeze is far enough aft that a gybe will be necessary. Clear air and room to sail are hard to come by. They are a special beast with lots of variables with litt…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Mastering the Madness of Downwind Starts, Editor