If you want to improve your racing results, a great place to start is to practice the boat handling that will allow you to be on the line at the horn. The skills you practice to improve your starting will also pay dividends at marks and other boat on boat situations.
It takes a certain amount of nerve to challenge for a front row seat in a fleet start. If it’s still early in your racing career, you will probably need to push against emotions that can easily distract or dishearten you and create hesitancy. And being successful in claiming a spot in the disorder of a fleet start requires practice of the skills you’ll need to maneuver in the fluid peeking order before the horn sounds.
In the past I’ve talked a bit about the bias we all have against loss. If you can push against that bias and you still find yourself hesitant to mix it up then there are skills you may want to practice. Take the following examples as a checklist to get you started in your research toward developing the necessary skills.