Sailing Practice- Starts
Simple…Begin by understanding how to handle tailing and being tailed. Start by matching one team member against one opponent; work on mastering one-on-one running start sequence countdown. Execute starting drills by setting up a starting line so that sailors can learn to control opponents as well as tactics to get out of being tailed [figure 16 &17]. With a running clock, the importance of knowing when you’re in trouble is quickly realized [figure 19]. After the one on one match race start is mastered, begin to introduce the other two pairs of match races. As the drill progresses, the team should coordinate timing themselves to arrive at designated positions on the line (pin, middle, and boat end) for the starting signal [figure 18]. The best way to prepare for a Team Race start is to learn from experience! Practice your starts.