At the start, you’ll likely end up in one of two situations. The first is where there is a hole to leeward where you can run through a full acceleration drill, just as you practiced it and come up onto the line at the right angle and full speed. The other is where there is not quite enough room for that, such as when there is another boat a length or two to leeward. If that’s the case, put the bow down deep, do a normal acceleration like you would without anybody there, and eat up the hole. Even though you’re now closer to the boat to leeward, you’re still going to accelerate more quickly because they didn’t run through a speed-build drill. In about 20 seconds, you’re going to be going so much faster that he’ll never catch you. If he's doing a similar turn down, chances are that he won’t start until he sees you begin your turn. The distance between you will remain about the same, but you’ll come out ahead because you started the build before he did. Either way, you’re ahead of the game—and the competition.