Avoiding Slam Dunks

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What is a slam dunk in sailing?

Avoiding Slam Dunks

In sailing races, "slam dunking" occurs when an opposing boat tries to tack onto your wind in a close enough proximity to stop you from tacking away. In order to prevent and overcome a slam dunk, do one of the following:

a) bear off before the opposing boat has a chance to catch up to you, or
b) tack immediately.

Do not try both tactics, but rather choose one and see it through.

   

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