Originally Posted by svHyLyte
With all due respect Allen, I suspect you haven't raced much. One rarely sails at "target" boat speeds despite one's best efforts. The tacking ratio described above uses the conditions and speeds on the water in the event.
N'any case, it was merely a suggestion.
Perhaps I should not have called it target boat speed as that does have another meaning. What you do is sail toward the line in the pre-start and measure your speed and use that as your target. You are therefore sailing at your target speed. In other words, I am following your suggestion of using the conditions and speeds on the water in the event as the target. Just to be clear, you sail toward the line just as you plan on doing in the race. When you are up to speed you click a button that says "use this as your target" and it is entered. You can adjust it up or down if need be.
Last year we did 17 races. We got two thirds, one second, and the rest first.