Starting Techniques: The Full Speed Approach

Looking for a new strategy to get you clear air at the start of your sailboat race? Watch and learn how to execute the Vanderbilt Start, a full speed approach that gets you out of the pack and over the line while maintaining maximum manoeuverability and control. This short video shows how to avoid the crowd of “Reaching In, Reaching Out” starters and get clear air. The Vanderbilt start begins with a broad reach away from the line, instead of a typical beam reach strategy. After making a jibe for the start, you approach attach the starting line with a confident full speed approach. This strategy is easy to adjust if you misjudge the distance to the start, and using full speed gives the helm a lot of control to gain tactical advantage over other boats.



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