by Mark Johnson [copyright 1/19/95]
Chapter 7 - Finishing
For this last part of the race, I have 4 comments:
- As you come around the leeward mark, look to the finish line
to see which side is closest to you. That is the side to which you
should go. This idea is similar to that of choosing a favored side
of the line when starting. However, if the wind has stayed
constant, and if the line is where it started, the favored
finishing end is the opposite end from the favored starting end.
- Once you set this plan, stick with it. Too many times racers
tack at the last second, only to lose the place because they got
worried. Set up your run so you're coming at the line at full
speed, and don't tack too much. It throws off your concentration
for going fast, and this is where you need the speed the most-the
race is almost over.
- Just like a runner throws his or her body forward into the
tape when finishing, you "throw" the boat over the line. If you're
confident you have the speed, once you're about 1 boatlength from
the finish, "shoot" the boat straight into the wind. This cuts
down the distance you have to travel to finish.
You must make sure you have enough speed for this maneuver. It
would be a shame to be in front, only to come to a dead stop just
inches from the line.
- Since you have read all the way through this guide, you should
be so far ahead of the rest of the fleet that it won't matter what
you do at the finish.
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