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Sir Ben Ainslie’s Top Tips For Downwind Starts

5th September 2017
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Sir Ben Ainslie (right) with Land Rover BAR teammate Leigh McMillan Sir Ben Ainslie (right) with Land Rover BAR teammate Leigh McMillan Photo: Land Rover

#HowToSail - Downwind or reaching starts can be a deceptively tricky proposition — but Sir Ben Ainslie has a few top tips for your strategy on the line.

The America’s Cup winning skipper and multi-time Olympic gold medallist shares his wisdom with Yachting World, starting with the best position at the start — which is more about the right angle for your boat than closeness to the first mark.

Assessing the rest of the fleet is also of key importance, as the behaviour of give classes will be predictable in certain conditions.

Most of all, clean air is king — and getting it can mean treating the race more like a game of chess, such as giving up position in the early stages to avoid a weather trap.

Yachting World has much more on Sir Ben’s downwind start tips HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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