PostHeaderIcon Leeward Gate

Leeward gate — two marks, theoretically set perpendicular to the wind, that are located at the end of a windward-leeward racecourse’s downwind leg. Sailing Instructions typically allow competitors to round to either port or starboard after they pass between the two marks from the correct direction. Often, one of the marks is favored—because it is closer, less crowded, or towards the favored side of the course. The distance between the marks is approximately 8 to 10 times the boat length of the longest boats racing. Compare to: ice gate, offset mark and scoring gate.

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