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Originally Posted by SlowButSteady View Post
It will be interesting to see how they lay out the course(s). The Central Bay, particularly the "Slot", is the most obvious choice. But things might get a bit too exciting when the first Panamax decides to come through the Gate during a race.
During the Oracle Allingi match in SF, they did a pro/am thing where they alternated crews (I assumed to let Elisson drive occasionally). The boats were racing downwind in the Slot (the area between the Golden Gate and Alcatraz) with Ellison at the Helm of Oracle. Ellison tried to cut in front of a tanker that was headed the same direction, and ran out of room. Allingi (apparently correctly) choose to go behind the tanker. They called the race, apparently because Larry didn't want to play anymore!

Some have said they could suspend commercial traffic for the races. Even if they don't, doesn't isn't it just factor into the race strategy (as in my example) like local knowledge of wind or tidal differences? Though...obviously, a team couldn't call the the race if they made the wrong call and coudn't out run the tanker!

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