Originally Posted by jarcher
He was not heat to wind, just had his sheets out and sails flogging.
It seems like a poor strategy, I like to hit the line at full speed when I start. But it used to be, a luffing boat had no rights.
Idealy, full speed is great. But most of the time there are too many boats to get that kind of position and clean air. On a very crowded line, blowing the sheet may be the only way to stay on the first row. Only thing you could do about it, is sail under them and try calling them up, but then you would've overtaken from astern and have no rights.