The Leeward-Mark Tack
2. Here, Presti has the boat only a few degrees below a close-hauled course, yet his genoa is still a bit eased. This sail-trim mode continues to help turn the boat into the tack and Presti doesn’t slow the rate of turn. If he were going for a wide-then-tight style rounding, he’d appear to be a long way from the mark, but remember, the goal here is to tack, not to stay on Lindberg’s windward hip. He anticipates Lindberg will cover, and immediately match, his tack. The desired outcome is to have his bow forward after both boats tack, or to discourage Lindberg from tacking into an compromised position, giving Presti the opportunity to split and, in this case, get to the favored right-hand side of the course.