"When you can see the shore behind the mark, it's easy to tell the lifted tack..."

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  1. Amory Klein

    Amory Klein New Member

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    Help! I found this on page 6 of an article about using a compass to determine when to tack:
    My question is, what is this "easy" way to determine the best tack when you can see the shore behind the mark?
     
  2. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    What I think he is saying is that it is easier to tell which tack will take you closer to the mark if you can see the mark (not sure why the land behind helps for that specific analysis.) This is also known as finding the long tack - whichever one you will be on longer is the lifted tack.

    When you can see landmarks going upwind, it is possible to tell if you are getting lifted or headed. If you are on starboard and were pointing at a particular house, and you are now headed higher than the house, you are getting lifted.

    That magazine has several useful articles, but each one, including the one by Commette, leaves out one or two useful pieces of information, as you found out!!

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  3. minifish2

    minifish2 Active Member

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  4. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    C'mon, let us know what you think he meant.
     

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