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    Posted: 13 Oct 21 at 11:38pm
So I'm halfway up a fluky beat and in dirty air but on the lifting tack, should I suck up the bad air to stay on the good shift or tack for clean wind?
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How long is the leg? Short leg stick with it, if your boat is substantially faster, try for the overtake.
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I agree to try pass, definitely if the wind is shifting a lot. Tacking off could take you exactly wrong place for the next shift coming through. You could end up sailing on two headers.
To pass your options are to either go into high mode ( if you have one). This will clear your air with a bit of hard work. Or you could go into low mode. The advantage of this is it will take you over to where the next shift is coming from. With luck then you will be able to tack and clear the boat ahead
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Why the dirty air? is it that you're mid fleet or just trees, are there more trees ahead?

Is the tack you're on taking you closest to the mark (regardless wether it's lifting or not if you're sailing away from the next mark your onto a loser.)

If you'r in the fleet and its the best tack then you really have to suck it up and hope some of them tack off or try to use the moment (lifting gust to power low to get your nose ahead of the nearest cover then attempt to harden a lee bow on him/her)

Difficult question too many variables, need to qualify eactly what's going on.

Lived my career by one fundamental, always the tack taking you closest the mark, sail for the buoy ignore everyone.

(Unless of course there are trees and you have to stay in the wind just to move)

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Thanks, I will try that next time. I usually prioritise clean wind but on a flukey inland course with short legs that wasn't working.
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