Theses tips and advice were written for two person, two sail dinghies
teams racing without spinnakers. They should be used as a guide in the
overall framework of a specific teams race which will of course require
Some suggestions if you are being hunted in the prestart.
The general idea is to create confusion for your opponent by introducing
as many variables into the equation as possible. Each variable gives you
a chance to turn the tables.
- Go head to wind.
-> A good move if you want to stay in the same spot for a
period of time for example to judge your run for the line.
- Crash stop by backwinding mainsail.
-> Your opponent should shoot forward allowing you to get
on their tail.
- Try to lead opposition into committee boat
- Swap opposition boats with a boat from your own team (commonly refereed
to as the switch manoeuvre).
- Lead opposition into a boat from your team on starboard or even better
a boat from their own team.
If in control of an opponent before the start try to:
- Force opposition boat away from start line preferably downwind.
- Force opponent over start line with less than thirty seconds to go
without crossing yourself.
If an opponent tries a slam dunk:
- Bear off before opposition boat has completed tack to get out of their
- Tack immediately.
- Never do both, choose one and stick with it!!!
If cover cannot be shaken:
- Tack on another opposition boat.
- Get a team mate to tack on the boat covering you.
- Do a double tack (two tacks in quick succession)
-> This is an absolute last resort and relies on two conditions
to work. One the apposition boat must follow you through both tacks
and you must be able to tack faster than your opponent.
Many people believe the first beat of a team race should be sailed as
if it were a fleet race. While this approach has some merit especially
against weaker sailors it is generally inappropriate in Teams Racing.
Alternatively a lot of people forget that a teams race is still a yachting
race and things like shifts, gusts and tidal factors can easily win a
team the race.
- Sail the shifts.
- Take into account where the tide is strongest and which direction
it is flowing.
- Sail the favoured side of the course relative to your
- Tack only if you will gain more out of tacking than you will lose
in the tack. Usually about two-three boat lengths.
and Downwind - Defensive
Many people believe the first beat of a team race should
- Think about bouyroom for the next mark (two and three) before you
even round mark one or mark three.
-> Marks are a rare opportunity to pass and can get complicated
- Think about the big picture!!
- Do not take an opposition boat up if there is another opposition boat
-> Only take an opposition boat up if that boat is followed
by one of your team mates and that team mate is not followed immediately
by another opposition boat.
-> In reverse these are offensive moves.
- Generally think what is the best overall option for
- If there is wind or waves pump like you have never pumped before.
It is a very short leg, get hard.
- The crew's position in the boat and trimming of the jib are crucial.
Almost to the point that this should be all they are concentrating on
in heavy winds.
- You should still be pumping like an animal. It is also a short leg,
- Crews do not site there for the ride!!
- Centreboard position must be below the kicker ropes
- Face the immediate opposition and tell the skipper:
1. What other boats are doing.
2. What Gusts are coming.
3. Whether the boat is going fast relative to other boats.
4. If the team is winning or losing.
- If one opposition boat rounds in front of two boats from your team,
one boat sails the fastest course to bottom mark while the other boat
covers the lead opposition boat.
- If you need to gain luffing rights sail two boat lengths to the side
of them and then sail back and take them up.
- Do not finish if your team is losing!!!!
-> You have to
try something or be able to see that another team member can and will
- Otis Manoeuvre
-> If your team is 2,3 and 6
-> 2 and 3 take out 4 and 5
-> Leaves 6 to come 2nd and 2 and 3 to come 3rd and 5th.
Teams Racing Series
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