Another crew member.
It’s coming up to 7pm and we are on the start line of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Corona Extra Double-Handed overnight race to Weymouth. The atmosphere is tense. With just two sailors on board each yacht there is a lot to do and to take in. On the start line of a race the first thing to do is determine is the angle of the start line compared to the angle of the wind and decide on starting tactics—which end of the line should we start at, which tack should we be on? The next is to pinpoint a fixed position by taking bearings to the shore to allow a few practice runs to the line. All of this gives confidence so that start countdown begins we can approach the line at speed in the right place and on time.