On the inland lakes, the wind direction and pressure can get whacky, but with dinghies that maneuver well, it’s possible to adjust to the changes. UK Sailmakers’ Adam Loory reminds us the same approach succeeds in bigger keelboats too:
During a Thursday night race we had a southwestly, which is the predominant breeze on western Long Island Sound. On top of the normal breeze, we were faced with an outgoing tide, meaning the first leg was a beat against the current. In these conditions, there are two schools of thought on how to get to the windward mark.