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post #3 of Old 06-29-2011
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There are often owner/driver rules for well known races and/or boat classes, but this usually only applies to the start and maybe a particular length of a race. In an ocean race though, the helm usually gets shared. With 18 on the boat, I'm sure they had others designated to drive. That said, there are owners out there who really don't/can't for whatever reason relinquish the wheel. It's a recipe for disaster in bad weather. I have no idea why as it's almost impossible to drive fast and effectively for more than two or three hours without relief.
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