When I’m getting down to the final 30 percent of my time on starboard, assuming all things are equal with pressure and current, I will match the first boat in the line-up that jibes, be it the second, third, or fourth, or even farther back. Hopefully it’s the third (or farther back), as that requires less effort to defend. When the two lead boats jibe simultaneously, they often end up in a grudge match, which can present a great opportunity for trailing boats to sail past both. By matching the third or fourth boat in this scenario, the lead boat creates a wider wind blanket for anybody that sails farther toward the port-jibe layline, reducing the possibilities of the second-place boat passing through to leeward. Most importantly, though, you are keeping your bow out, in clean air, and you’re on the long jibe to the leeward gate.