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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
Even slow danger is danger. Yes, Dawg and Jake saved the crew's lives.
Uhhh, that seems like quite a stretch, to me...
George B's very considered and informed analysis of their track would not seem to support such an assertion... There appears to be negligable difference in their VMG towards Hawaii between 'pre-mutiny', and 'post-mutiny', after all...
Smack, can you use your computer skills in reproducing for us the track’s from Yellow Brick? (link below) You might find the track very interesting. You can see that they were pretty much always below the rhumb line and pretty much the southernmost boat in their division. You can see pretty graphically that the wheels fell off at the halfway point. I suspect that this is about the time when reality and fatigue set in for the crew resulting in a series of really poor decisions being made. They probably lost a day here in their bickering and inability to set a single course. When they did their final course change to fetch Hilo, they were closer to Honolulu, albeit, the AP most likely couldn’t hold the deep wind angles required. Knowing that Tropical Storm Flossie was bearing down on the main island, why would they go there (impaired judgment from lack of experience?) Also, with water running short, wouldn’t you want to stay in the shipping lane if you needed help. Heck, RIMPAC is going on at that time and you can’t swing a cat without hitting a warship when you are within 500 nm of Pearl.