Upwind plays are intended to allow teams to execute their strategy upwind. Generally, strategies can be grouped into two categories:
1. Outside track
2. Inside track
Although not always true, these two categories can be closely correlated with the two subcategories of game plan that we discussed before: (1) predicting wind versus (2) fleet managing. Choosing the outside track implies that we are willing to assume slightly more exposure because of our confidence in a wind prediction. In contrast, the inside track implies more of a focus on fleet management and playing the angles either because of a shift pattern, confidence in your position when you get 70% of the way to lay line, or because of lack of confidence in wind prediction data.
How do you simplify your upwind strategy?