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Yacht racing is not only a visual spectacle; it's a real thrill from start to finish. In fact, one of the most overlooked portions of the race is how you finish. When a runner reaches the finish line, s/he often thrusts his/her body forward with the last bit of strength. This ensures a win but also cuts time. In the same manner, if you feel you have enough speed -- and are at least a boat length from the finish line -- you can shoot pasr the boat ahead, straight into the wind. The distance before the finish will decrease considerably. However, be absolutely sure you have enough speed before attempting to throw your craft over the line. If you don't you'll run the risk of stopping short and losing your winning position.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|