Racing Rules - Downwind Tips


In episode 3 of the Racing Rules Explainer series, Mary Rook from the British Keelboat Academy shares her top tips on how to use the Racing Rules of Sailing to improve your downwind skills on the run…


To recap, Mary’s top tips: 

Point 1

  • Protect your port side on the run

Point 2

  • Boats coming to leeward from astern must sail their proper course which includes gybing at the layline

Point 3

  • Tricks for sailing past the layline when overlapping to leeward from astern
    • Double gybe
    • Drop back, clear astern, rule 17 no longer applies

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