Re: Lack of wind on long distance race
Then there was the time in the mid 90's doing a 25 mile (total) upwind downwind course, Dana Point to Newport Beach CA and back. Off Newport the wind died; down coast current was showing SOG in minus numbers even though the sails were drawing. All boats (about 30 or so) dropped out...but my dock neighbor and close race series competitor was spotted anchoring to wait out possible winds. So I maintained my SOGs of about 0.0001 knots.
The race started off Dana Point about noon, no time limit. To make a long story and even longer race short, we both finished about midnight...25 miles in 12 hours. The rest of the fleet figured the race was a throw-out! That one-two finish in class and fleet sure helped our standings, though can't remember how it all ended up. Then there was Transpac in 2007...but that's another story.