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post #11 of Old 04-08-2013
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Re: Visibility of course marks

Call me a purist, but it just wouldn't be the same if there wasn't a physical mark that you had to squeeze around in tight formation with people screaming for room on both sides! The satisfaction of coming out of a crowded mark rounding ahead, and looking back to see your competitors smeared all over the mark, or doing their turns as you sail away! That just wouldn't happen with a "virtual" mark!

Such mark roundings are also a good argument for an inflatable mark instead of a hard mark. One of our fixed marks is actually a giant steel mooring buoy that may or may not have one or more barges tied to it. Hitting that mark is not a good idea!

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