Having a plan for the downwind leg is important because it lets the skipper know whether to protect the high lane for clear air, or work low through the rounding, setting up for a jibe as soon as possible. If you want to go straight, you must protect the high lane. If you want to jibe early in the leg, you can sail deep and jibe once clear from the top of the course. Either way, you must pay strict attention to any overlaps while on the offset leg. If your plan is to jibe early in the leg, or jibe set, you don’t want anyone overlapped to leeward, preventing you from jibing, so slow down momentarily, if you have to, and follow into the mark. If you want to go straight, you don’t want anyone above that may eventually roll you. If you’ve got someone stuck on your weather hip, threatening to take your wind, you can delay the hoist for a moment, and head up to protect your breeze. Slow down to break overlaps below or hike hard and go fast to set yourself up for what you want.