In an oscillating breeze, use the median wind to position your boat against competitors if possible. Being to leeward and ahead of a competitor positions your boat for a gain in an upcoming header. Being on the weather hip of a competitor positions your boat to gain in an upcoming lift. Look to be sure there is enough runway for the shift to occur and the gain to be made without reaching a layline first.
CLRA has a special arrangement to assist guest crew with finding boats. We have a "Crew" flag set up at the end of the Villa Capri dock. If you want a sailboat ride (and are willing to work), just come out a little early (before 6:10 PM), and hoist the bright pink Crew flag at the end of the dock. When a boat comes over looking for crew, get on board. They are committing to get you back to the dock after racing (~Sunset) unless you agree to other arrangement. Before getting on a boat or leaving the dock for any other reason, lower the flag. It will be hoisted by the next person. That's the rule. Flag up means someone is there ready to get on any boat. Flag down means no boats will come in. The "Crew" flag is NOT for pre-arranged crew getting on a boat. If you put the flag up and don't go with the first boat offering to take you, please leave the dock. Remember. The worst day of sailing is better than the best day of watching.