It’s interesting that the clip you chose to show (the light air jibe) shows the sailor violating the rules of propulsion, by coming out of the jibe faster than going in. I have several other training DVD’s and they all seem to train and advocate the same thing. (One even says to do this carefully so as not to alert the refs.) What gives?
What gives indeed?
I can think of 5 possible answers...
- He wasn't going faster. It's just an optical illusion.
- This is only a training video and the sailor was exaggerating to illustrate a point. When racing he would never come out of a gybe faster than he went in to it.
- He was only going a little bit faster after the gybe, and only for a little while. The judges wouldn't call him for such a minor violation.
- Everybody does it. You have to do it if you want to be competitive in a Laser. Don't you ever drive over the speed limit?
- All Laser sailors are cheats.
Which of these answers is nearest the truth? Or can you think of a better explanation of what you see in that video?