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The Sailing Race

7: Your first race

If you’ve not raced before it may be worth observing a couple of races at your chosen club that involve the class of boat you will be sailing, if possible with an experienced commentator. This will help to crystallise the various different elements of the race in your mind, giving you a better picture of what you’ll be aiming for once you’re out on the water.

Try to avoid confrontation and stay out of trouble — it will take a while for your judgment of close-quarters situations to develop, and it also takes time to build up an in depth understanding of the rules. In any case, it’s a good principle to follow as getting (metaphorically) entangled with other boats is usually slow and is something the best sailors in a fleet will try hard to avoid.

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