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Brass! Thank you, that is rather marvellous graphic and description of how the events unfolded. Clearly I made a poor decision not to either slow down or go behind B. After I tacked under and was the leeward boat I expected B to tack to port and go for the mark, as this didn't happen I was somewhat surprised. Interestingly I have the the event on camera, after the race B claimed I had "rammed" her which I politely disagreed with.
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Its a difficult situation. Going behind B and having to tack twice in the zone to reach the mark would be an even worse situation to be in. It would be rather easy to get shut out completely. In open water Brass is right, slowing/slipping behind and shooting round the mark is a good option, but light winds/disturbed air round an island/unpredictable shifts is a bit of a special case because its quite easy to get completely stuffed by shifts/weird eddies and that sort of thing.

I think tacking under B was possibly the least worst option. Where it went wrong, I suspect, was that because the other boat didn't tack when you expected it all got a bit rushed and impatience set in.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 11:05am
Maybe I should leave tactics to people who are good at it.

But I would say, you shouldn't tack to keep clear of a starboard tacker, reasons for tacking are:

* to gain lee bow control, or
* because you want to go to the left, or
* possibly because starboard is determined to bounce you to the left and you have nowhere else to go.

And for a starboard rounding mark, there's a lot to be said for coming in just below the starboard tack layline.

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Another factor that didn't help was H is a boat I haven't encountered in this situation before; I'm always somewhat ahead. To be honest being in the same space as H was a bit annoying, that probably didn't help my frame of mind. Both races on Sunday were poor by my recent standards. Sailing can be so frustrating sometimes!
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