This article in Sailing World by Steve Hunt is a good summary of first beat strategy for intermediate sailors. It emphasizes key principles such as:
- Get clear air
- Stay with the fleet
- Go to the favored side, but don’t be the furthest to that side
- In light air, avoid the middle
- Sail on the lifted tack unless there is a clear reason to head for more wind
We’ll focus more on first beat strategy in future posts.