the renowned Sunfish sailor Derrick Fries has been collecting data about his sailboat racing for almost 50 years, logging information for his upwind legs and his starts at all of his sailboat races.
the amount of data compiled is a bit mind-numbing, to be honest, even for a numbers guy like myself. sure, maybe the number itself isn’t that staggering, but holy smokes that’s a lot of races sailed in a lifetime.
The result is a huge statistical set: 10,000 windward legs and more than 3,700 starts.
So conventional wisdom suggests that, all else being equal, you should start at the pin end. My data quantifies that assumption. Of the 3,727 starts in my data bank, 2,646 of them were pin-end-favored — a whopping 71 percent of the time.