Once I determine the end of the line at which I want to start, I will lurk at that end while the class that is starting is in sequence, watching in particular their final approach. If we are starting at the pin, for example, I will make sure I sail to leeward of the starting fleet to check the heading and pin-end layline. This will give everybody onboard an idea of how hard or easy it will be to get up to the line. Following the fleet up to the line and then peeling over to the pin in the last 20 seconds allows the bowman to check line sag and confirm any line bias. Inevitably, this means we’re running the motor up until the last minute, but it’s worth the hassle to gain this information.