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How to Start Perfectly in Slalom

Jan 21, 2012

Author: Ed Sinclair/PWA

Getting the perfect startPerforming the perfect start can make or break your slalom race, we asked the slalom fleet to share their top tips on how to hit the line on the buzzer. If you come in early you run the risk of being disqualified, if you slow down then you will be at a huge disadvantage. However if you come in late its hard to make that ground up for the rest of the race. The start in a slalom race is one of the most complicated aspect of the race, although extremely exciting to watch, it requires a huge amount of skill from the sailors. We asked the slalom fleet for their top tips on how to nail it.

Enes Yilmazer (JP / NeilPryde): "You have to know a couple of points before to chose your strategy for the start:

  • Try to start on favorite side, pin or boat or middle
  • Stay away from top guys or possible riders that can block your wind or your start area
  • Know the start area and how long will it take for a full speed start
  • Try to time yourself so you go full blast for the last 15 seconds
  • Always be aware of possible upwind and downwind changes you might do depending on other races or timing
  • Try to start without doubts; don’t slow down at the last second

Cyril Moussilmani (Severne / Starboard): “No special tricks I just close my eyes and go...”

CLICK HERE to read tips from Jesper Orth (F2) and Kurosh Kiani (Simmer/Angulo) at pwaworldtour.com.



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