Originally Posted by Boracay
I am hopeless at racing
, but the one tip I gained is that knowing the local currents and tides can be decisive.
Takes courage to go to the wrong side of the bay though!
Many years ago my brother and I were racing
a small dingy at a club we had never sailed at before. The fleet tacked across the bay, much to our amusment, instead of remaining on course to the mark. We understood why when we found ourselves in the middle of rocks. Somehow we lucked on a passage
through and cleaned up the field.
To this day we still insist it was superior navigating skills.