Try this once in a while: What ever tack the pack takes to the mark, go the other way. It works about half of the time. Nothing like clean air. I won my first race that way on a Hobie 18. I thought I screwed up when I rounded the upwind mark 15 boat lengths ahead of the "Guy to beat". I was shaking like a leaf on the downwind. My crew asked me what the problem was when I started nervously barking orders. I screamed WE'RE WINNING!!! I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT WE ARE. It was blowing about 15 knots to boot. The "Guy to beat" who should have been sailing in the "A" class came up to me to congratulate me when we hit the beach. A day I'll never forget. I was sailing with my GF's little brother who had only been on the boat a few times. We had to put 15 pounds in each hull to qualify. This would not be the case today. I finished the 3 day regatta with a third. Hey.
'79 Camper & Nicholson 303, Blow'd up labor day
Sunfish just fine
Dyer Dow, crushed in Hurricane Sandy
Angler 204 Cuddy-, Crushed in Hurricane Sandy
Yes all true, No wonder no one will go on the water with me.