Coming out of the leeward mark we immediately begin working our upwind tactics again. How you round is largely a matter of whether or not you are overlapped with your opponent. Match racing finishes downwind under spinnaker and if you and your opponent are well matched, it is usually very exciting!
Team Cactus League raced the Catalina 37s for Long Beach Race week. We get to have fun with these about once a year. They were custom built and donated by Frank Butler and Catalina Yachts for the Congressional Cup and are operated by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. When they are not being raced for... Continue Reading →
We are now fighting to be first around the windward mark. there are some very subtle considerations as we approach and sail around the mark, and there are even some situations where slowing down is a preferred tactic!
We had a great time this weekend at Long Beach Race Week on the Catalina 37s! Here is a quick highlight video of Day 1 from Team Cactus League...
We've finally started our match race, but the pressure is still on. One key difference in Match Racing is that mark roundings are to starboard, rather than port. This completely changes the approach, where the controlling position is, and how the rounding is executed. In this video, our narrator Dave Perry, talks about the upwind... Continue Reading →
Can we start already? Now it's time to go to the start line...put are you the leader or are you the pusher? Do you want the hook or the lock? All of these are key decisions that could decide match racing's decidedly short races.
At this point you've realized that aggressive boat on boat tactics are the norm in match racing. You haven't seen anything yet! On the downwind racing to the leeward mark there is no break, no time for a sandwich...or the other team will eat your lunch!
Still working on our start sequence strategy, we've dialed up are now entering "the playground." This is very different from Fleet Racing. Timing and position becomes critical here. It is much less about being at the line when the gun goes off and more about gaining a controlling position and being back to the line... Continue Reading →
Photo courtesy of Extreme Sailing's Facebook Page.It seems like you can put a foil on just about anything these days, but after talking with Matt Reynolds, an accomplished sailor, and CEO of Sailing Events Association (SEA), foiling is not just something you pick up one weekend and do for fun. If you're going to foil, you... Continue Reading →