Now that the lead boats are in the Strait, timing the tides can make the difference between winning and losing.
What does it mean to "time the tides"?
Although no one boat can change the tidal flow of the mighty Strait of JDF, they can choose a strategy that hopes to mitigate the effects of the ebb (outflowing) tide, and maximize the benefits of the flood (incoming) tide.
You may see boats head straight to the Northern edge of the Strait in hopes of getting into shallower water and correspondingly, less negative tidal influence to battle a strong ebb.
Conversely, as the flood tide comes back into the strait, the boats utilize their local knowledge and tidal changes to their best advantage.
Whatever the tides, all boats have to deal with them....but timing, in this case, can be everything.