Admittedly, I haven't raced in a very, very long time. Other than some scow racing on the Great Lakes, where the whole crew jumps in the water after setting the chute at the windward mark, leaving the captain to finish the race, I was under the impression that a boat had to finish a race with the same number of crew members it began the race with.
Apparently, NOT SO, in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals! What kind of BS is that?
"It's too difficult to slow those boats to recover crew in the water", some will say. Tough sh*t!
When is it ever OK to lighten a boat by 300 pounds or more in a race? If it's OK, can these boats have some of their heaviest men jump overboard if it's a super close finish?
I'm just flabbergasted by this turn of events in racing. It seems wrong in principle and completely unfair at any time.
What's your opinion?
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.