Everybody's been gearing up for classic next week sailing a lot and tonight we had a big crowd on the starting line. In contrast the last few Friday night races; tonight's tide was a strong ebb! The best strategy is to start at midline and go for speed. It took me the first 2 races to figure this out as Ben was off the line and to the layline first in the first couple of races when he started down by the pin end.
The first race I started off with my 9.8 but came in and switched to my 10.9 and had better speed downwind getting through the light stuff. Knowing what equipment to use is sometimes just as important as going the right way. Another big thing with the ebb tide was overstanding the windward mark. Chris Radkowski seemed to be the first to tack to the layline and got lifted up with the strong inside ebb. By the last race, I nailed the start, was the first to tack on the layline and got the windward mark first. If at first you don't succeed, keep trying and never repeat the same mistake more than once!