Good Sighting, Straight Swimming
When you have mastered sighting and made it a seamless part of your stroke, you should be able to swim fairly straight, sighting only as often as necessary for the conditions. On the 2500-yard course below (white line, about 1.4 miles), the swimmer's GPS track was less than 100 yds over the actual distance:
The "short" legs here are pretty good. Most legs start with a slight veer to the right, and the last leg (left-to-right) helps to confirm that tendency.
Here is another route (about 1.6 mi) that is also pretty good:
This swimmer also veers to the right on most legs of the swim.
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