Approaching the Weather Mark

Weigh the variables of a port or starboard approach to the weather mark. "Tactics" from our January 1997 issue.

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Weather Mark

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A port-tack approach to the weather mark is laden with risks. Stuart Walker takes away four lessons from a weather mark rounding.

"More is gained and lost at the windward mark than at any other site, other than the start," notes Walker. "The vast majority of bad roundings can be avoided by passing through--ahead or astern of--the boats on the starboard layline and tacking to windward of them." Read on below.