This week J World Annapolis coach Buddy David shares his insights into finding the “favored side” of the race course. Buddy and his team are leading all J World boats this series and determining where the strategic advantage lies on the race course is something all racers must identify. So Buddy, tell us how you do it!
Favored Side of the Course
Picture this scene: You are standing around the docks post-race discussing the day’s triumphs and follies with other crews and someone states the profound wisdom “well you just had to be on the favored side for the first upwind”. Now everyone else is nodding in agreement “yes the (right or left) was way favored”. Even though this apparently universal truth remains a mystery to you, you find yourself nodding your head in agreement afraid to admit your ignorance. I will let you in on a little secret that you are in good company. One of the many challenges of sailboat racing is deciding where to go and when. My first bit of advice is to never be afraid to ask others; most sailors love to share his or her knowledge because they are good natured or because your admiration strokes their ego. Either way is a win-win. Read more