If you’ve continued sailing straight (to the right looking downwind) you’ll need to jibe away from your group at some point, and the timing here is critical. I usually prefer to jibe just before everyone else in my group so we lead away on what is now the long tack. The longer you wait before jibing, the longer the other jibe becomes, but also the more likely boats around you will start jibing. The challenge is to wait as long as possible but still lead away. As it gets closer to jibe time, watch for signs on other boats (tacticians anxiously looking around, trimmers taking the slack out of the lazy sheet, bowmen moving forward), try to jibe before them. If you’re the first to jibe, you’ll usually have a great lane away from the pack and into the mark, and leading the group on the long tack is a powerful position. If you’re late to jibe and others go first, you may want to wait longer for a clear lane, as long as you have some time left before the layline.