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    Posted: 13 Oct 21 at 11:38pm
So I'm halfway up a fluky beat and in dirty air but on the lifting tack, should I suck up the bad air to stay on the good shift or tack for clean wind?
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How long is the leg? Short leg stick with it, if your boat is substantially faster, try for the overtake.
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I agree to try pass, definitely if the wind is shifting a lot. Tacking off could take you exactly wrong place for the next shift coming through. You could end up sailing on two headers.
To pass your options are to either go into high mode ( if you have one). This will clear your air with a bit of hard work. Or you could go into low mode. The advantage of this is it will take you over to where the next shift is coming from. With luck then you will be able to tack and clear the boat ahead
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Why the dirty air? is it that you're mid fleet or just trees, are there more trees ahead?

Is the tack you're on taking you closest to the mark (regardless wether it's lifting or not if you're sailing away from the next mark your onto a loser.)

If you'r in the fleet and its the best tack then you really have to suck it up and hope some of them tack off or try to use the moment (lifting gust to power low to get your nose ahead of the nearest cover then attempt to harden a lee bow on him/her)

Difficult question too many variables, need to qualify eactly what's going on.

Lived my career by one fundamental, always the tack taking you closest the mark, sail for the buoy ignore everyone.

(Unless of course there are trees and you have to stay in the wind just to move)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Oct 21 at 10:26am
Thanks, I will try that next time. I usually prioritise clean wind but on a flukey inland course with short legs that wasn't working.
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I'd go clean air as it's supposed to be worth 20degrees! Need a big big shift to make it worth staying in the other boats slip stream.

Or, my javelin is so fast on a close reach that I can foot off from close hauled, get planing, under take the boat in front then tack across them back into clean air. Doesn't work against other Javelins (ospreys 5o5s etc) of course, but it's a nicectricknin a handicap race.
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Tack out, find a lane asap, tack back.

But it really depends on the situation. Different decisions for different situations.
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 Tack, tack back - parallel lane to the original, enough gap to break dirty air, and the kinetic benefits of 2 roll tacks 
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Originally posted by sawman

 Tack, tack back - parallel lane to the original, enough gap to break dirty air, and the kinetic benefits of 2 roll tacks 
I refer the honourable gent to rule 42.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 22 at 8:59am
Bit of ooching to follow
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