From the Experts Archive: Finishing Techniques

In this article from our February 1985 issue, world champion Ed Baird presents a simple, reliable method for finding the favored end of a finish line and adds some tips for getting there as quickly as possible.

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Finishing properly is too often overlooked, even by the top sailors. After all, it's easy. All you do is sail between the committee boat and the mark, wait until you hear the horn, and head for the barn. By the time you've reached the finish, the race has been decided anyway. Compared to the hectic decision-making time of the start, the shifty first beat and those crowded mark roundings, finishing is like hanging up the phone after making a call - it just happens! Read more here.