- approach the finish on starboard tack if you are close to other boats.
- finish head to wind - in other words "shoot the line".
- finish at the favored end of the finish line.
- look at the flag on the race committee boat.
- look at the boats finishing ahead of you.
- if it's a windward leeward course with the line in the middle of the course, check out the line as you pass it on the last downwind leg.
- if it's the same as the start line (and the wind hasn't shifted and the race committee have not moved the boat or the pin buoy) then the favored end for the finish will be the opposite end from the one favored for the start.
So, all of you expert racers reading this blog, do you have any other tips for picking up a place or two at the finish line? Or any good stories about how you pulled off a master stroke in the last few yards of a race to win a major championship? Comments please.
And the final tip is…? Can you guess? Here it is.