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This month's Y&Y has an article on starting.

you normally need to be a few boat lengths back from the line to prevent this happening and then start accelerating at the right time.  There are ways to defend but you need to be aware of the situation developing.  Lots of starting practice is probably the best way to develop the necessary skills.

If you would like acopy of the beginners guide to racing CD which is used at BCYc for the start racing course PM me your address and I'll put one in the post (donation to sailability if you find it helpful)!

 

Garry

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fleaberto:

Anticipation is the name of the game... thinking ahead... like in a chess game, thinking 3 or 4 movs ahead.

As you sail down the line towards the pin end, keep looking around. Once you see the danger approaching in the form of a Laser, you have 3 choices:

1) As you did, get luffed over the line, andhave to start behind people.

2) Speed up, cross the bow of the Laser, and then luff to slow down again. You are now leeward boat, and he has to luff to avoid you. But you need to get ahead of and to leeward of the Laser early enough.

3) Slow down and allow the Laser to go ahead of you and have "the best" start off the pin end, and you accept the 2nd best by starting just up the line from him. This is much better than being luffed over the line!

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