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Leeward gates are becoming more and more common, and are already ubiquitous in most big regattas, but as far as I know race committee's don't have a best-practice for setting them, especially for asym boats and other fleets sailing hot angles downwind. Can anyone make suggestions on good resources or give their own two cents?

I've always assumed 6-8 boat-lengths is a good standard, but in practice, that can be ~200 ft for a J/80 fleet. This seems very large and prone to error, and so I'm writing to ask on theory, but considering boats like A-cat's, 80's, Vipers, etc.

Thanks, Niko

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Mixed fleets, 6 lengths of the longest boat. 

Single fleet, 6-7 lengths. 

One key to gates, re-square the gate as the first boats get to windward mark, nothing I kate worse than having a gate and the whole fleet goes around one side. It's not considered a mark move to square a gate. 

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Less than or even close to 6 boat lengths (of the longest boat in the race) means the zones can overlap and your protest chair will hate you with the intensity of a thousand suns.

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11 hours ago, SailChiTown said:

Mixed fleets, 6 lengths of the longest boat. 

Single fleet, 6-7 lengths. 

One key to gates, re-square the gate as the first boats get to windward mark, nothing I kate worse than having a gate and the whole fleet goes around one side. It's not considered a mark move to square a gate. 

Yep, I like to favor the right side (looking downwind) for that very reason. Years and years of port roundings, it's hard to get folks to go right. Same as favoring the pin on the start to spread the fleet away from the boat.

 

Edit.. Be observant. If 90% of the fleet pick on side, adjust. Same applies to the start.

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