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1. At its most basic, beating is a series of sailing maneuvers aimed at achieving what goal?
2. Which basic maneuver will a beating boat or ship need to execute, usually many times?
3. Which course should you set during each beat to make the fastest possible progress?
4. How often should you change tack while beating for best progress?
5. In which of the following situations should you absolutely avoid tacking to prevent winding up "in irons"?
6. If you are windsurfing, how do you need to move around the mast and sail during course changes while tacking?
7. Many sailing competitions set the course to maximize the need for beating. What is the reason for this?
8. If you want to become efficient at beating, you should remember to always "tack on a header". What does this saying mean?
9. During beating in busy waters, you will inevitably encounter other vessels. What is the guiding philosophy behind the right of way rules governing such encounters?
10. Occasionally, you may see a boat on a downwind course execute zigzagging maneuvers similar to beating. Apart from a possible speed gain, what is the most important reason to do this?
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