Originally Posted by Classic30
W... the obvious conclusion is this: An old, traditional, yacht sailed well can, on average, given ideal conditions of wind and sea, travel just as far just as quickly as a new, modern, yacht sailed badly.
Well, it has to be a very well designed yacht, it has to be very well sailed and the modern boat has to be very poorly sailed, but yes you can say that.
That is about the same as saying that a very good driver can go faster on a twisting road with an old VW (you know the one from the 60's) than a poor driver with a brand new Porsche.
That is no proof that the 60's VW is faster then the Porsche, only that it is not enough to have a fast car, it is also needed to know how to drive it. The same with the boats.