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post #4 of Old 03-08-2006
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The last run-in I had with one of the newer C&C's was in the Stratford Shoal Race on Long Island Sound a few years ago. We were on a Swan39 and rounded the lighthouse (half way point) a ways behind the brand new (and expensively equipped C&C. I'm not sure which boat it was (110 or 115), but they gave us time. We both then proceded close-hauled to the finish, about fifteen miles away, in a light to medium southwest breeze. Our speed varied between roughly two to five knots over the leg. We passed them boat for boat. If I'd been the new C&C owner, I'd have been pissed to be passed by a heavy old Swan.
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