How can I make my beat strategies better?
I've been sailing for a year and a half, and am moving onto the serious laser circuit. This weekend, I found myself in the top ten at the leeward mark, among national squad sailors, and those that were in contention for the weekend's win, but, by the end of the beat, I was in 18th.
My boat speed and pointing ability was as good if not better than the boats around me and I checked the pre-race with someone else on the water I know, but it's my strategy that is awful.
I have a compass that I try to use to identify shifts, but other than that, I find it really difficult to try and work out when to tack and what route to take upwind. I can identify more wind on one side and shifts, but I just can't seem to utilise this information practically! Any general tips for improving my beat strategy?