The 'dinghy start' only works for boats that have quick acceleration. It's easy to execute, as it does not require the advanced sense of time and distance needed for most large boat starting techniques. In fact, often you can just park on the line next to an experienced competitor, and sheet in exactly when he does for a decent start. It's also important to evaluate which end of the starting line is favoured, and decide if it's worth it to battle it out for favoured position. Sometimes, the favoured end of the line is not necessarily the best place to start. Watch this seven-minute video to learn more.