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Old 07-15-2010
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A question for you racers...

As you can see by my course in the link above, we took the first mark (in the cove) fairly wide. The reasoning was that, though we now know how to jibe safely, even in 20 knots, we still lose speed because we're not super smooth yet. So, I figured it would be better to stay a course that milked the wind for speed instead of doing a couple more jibes - even though it pushed us pretty wide of the mark.

How do you determine that trade-off, sticking closely to the line through multiple tacks/jibes as opposed to moving a bit off the mark but maintaining overall speed?

I assume the answer is "learn to jibe better" - but thought I'd ask anyway.
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