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Just came across this article regarding Chesapeake Bay sailors.
Man those guys had some brass ones eh? Things were different then I guess. $15 registration fee? 38 boats for race that would be nearly 4 days long in the best case? Wow!
You'd think with the advent of GPS these types of races would seem less daunting but participation seems to be dwindling for long distance races on the bay that are no where near as daunting as a non-stop DelMarVa circumnavigation.
How about a non-GPS, non-cell phone class? And obviously I'm joking, for we know the response, but really, what is the need?
The first time I sailed around the Delmarva I had a 10-year old for crew and my GPS died about 60 miles into it while still on the Bay. It didn't make a difference; that what ATNs, binoculars and charts are for.
Good story. I understand that one complaint among the racers is difficulty in managing the C&D time allowance. I'm not a racer, but it does seem to be a classic, glaring in its absence. Sailing to Bermuda isn't practical for most, so this should be a very practical ocean racing opportunity.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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