Quantum Sail Design Group’s David Flynn takes a look at the Zen of sailing better and faster in his series, “The Racers Edge.”

Downwind starts make even the best tacticians nervous. Volumes have been written about proper technique, tactics, and strategy for upwind starts.
What angle should I sail at downwind in light air? It can be useful to divide sailing downwind into three modes: under 10 knots true, 10-14, and over 14.
The more you race, the more you will realize which things have to happen and which can wait.