Check out this video on accelerating an Opti, with narration and overlays by Shirley Robertson – double Olympic gold medalist. Although this is shown in an Opti, the concepts apply to many other boats. See the links below for more boats and additional tips.
- Point the boat for a close reach, with sail eased
- Power pause – sheet in slowly at first, then faster
- Heel the boat to leeward
- Hike the boat flat and squeeze in the remaining main sheet
Starting Line – Accelerating and Clear Air
Accelerating in a Laser – Shirley Robinson
Taking Your Starts to the Next Level – Zim Sailing Blog
Sailors Helping Sailors
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