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Old 09-19-2013
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Re: AC 34 - What If?

OTUSA will race another day. They looked the best I've seen them so far. On the upwind leg,It looked like Oracle was choosing a lower point of sail to gain a couple knots in speed. This kept them up on their foils more than Emirates and helped them keep their speed up through the tacks. If sailing off the wind a bit was the plan, it worked. But the wind was strong again and that seems to be what Oracle likes best.

OTOH, that 30-second window average I have no idea why they created a rule where an average wind speed over any 30-second period that exceeds 20K can cause the clock to reset to 15:00 and begin the countdown all over again. Then you have to wait for another 15 minute period to pass hoping the wind speed won't max during any other 30-second period. Couldn't they have set it for a minute or two?

And while they were waiting for that average to stay below the max, the average wind speed, over the entire time they were waiting, was a little over 16K. Why set yourself up for so many cancelled races?
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