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favored side of the line
Perhaps I can explain it like this.....
Often there is a favored side of the course because there is more wind or less current. The side of the line that gets you to the favored side of the course fastest is the favored end of the line.
Where there isn''t a favored side of the course then the following apply:
If the start is upwind and the line is perfectly square to the wind, the starboard end is favored because if the line is square, all other things being equal, all of the boats should cross each other on the first tack and therefore the boat on Starboard will have rights. It also usually allows you to tack away to clear your air and then come back with rights.
If the start is upwind and the line is skewed to the wind, then the favored end is the end of the line that is further upwind.
If the start of the race is anything except a beat, then one side of the line will be favored because it is either:
A) Closer to the first mark,
B) Allows you to start and sail in clearer air, or
C) Allows you to sail at a hotter angle.
Of course figuring out which of these apply in any specific case is what racing is about.