When approaching the downwind mark it is really important to start in time with the preparations of the mark rounding. Make sure your trim lines are set correctly for sailing upwind.
Your goal is to sail close-hauled course as soon as you pass the mark. To do so you need to start in time and you need to have room between your boat and de mark. Your turn should start on the outside, approximately 2 boat lengths of the mark, and finish on a close-hauled course almost touching the mark.
There are 4 mayor aspects to consider before making a decision about your top mark rounding. In later blogs we will discuss these in detail. The 4 aspects are:
Make sure you execute the steps in the same order every time you have a mark rounding. This way it will become an automatic manoeuvre!
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