In Part 2 of Chris Draper’s tactics tips for getting out of the leeward mark zone, the 49er champion and America's Cup helmsman considers the reasons for possibly going around the ‘wrong’ mark... "If we are looking to make big gains (ie we’re further back in the fleet), then it might be worth taking the wrong leeward mark and then putting in an early tack over to the favoured side. This way, you’ll have your own lane across to the favoured side...."
49er World Champion and America's Cup helmsman Chris Draper reveals some of his best secrets for getting in and out of the leeward mark zone as quickly as possible..."There’s a good analogy here with when you’re driving on the road and you want to overtake a car on a single-lane carriageway. You want to sit a little distance back from them, so that when your overtaking opportunity arrives you can use run-up speed to get past them, and spend the minimum time on the opposite side of the road...."
Peter Greenhalgh won the 49er Europeans in 2010 with Chris Draper after a 'disappointing' sixth place at the Worlds. What changed? One of the primary things this British team worked on was their communication, talking the same language. Justin Chisholm interviewed the sailors...
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