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post #2 of Old 05-02-2010
itsme6582
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There are entire books on this. There are a lot of factors that come into play. If the wind doesn't shift and you assume the speed you lose during a tack is negligible then it won't matter if you make one tack or 100.

Here's just one example. Lets assume the wind is coming out of the north and your mark is north. If the wind is shifting to the Northeast, your tacks will have very different results. On a port tack, you will have to point away from you mark as the wind shifts. On a starboard tack, it will be just the opposite. You will point more to the mark as the wind shifts.
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