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post #15 of Old 07-02-2012
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Re: 2011 Global Regatta

I am bumping this thread based on a reply to the angst thread.

Okay Mr. Daddy:

Do these work?:
A -- CC Light Fl 4s 17ft 5M
N27* 47411'
B Southeast of A 3 M @ 135T (there used to be a beacon here but it has been removed.)
C North of B 1.5 M @355T There are several ranges, lights and bouys associated with the ship channel in the vicinity, but nothing proximate to this point.)

I still have some questions.
Why any direction? Most of the time sailing this course anticlockwise will be the slowest, toughest way to go, but will require one to develop the skill to beat into a 20 gusting to 28+ knot wind with three to four foot chop. There would be no pure downwind spinnaker run. If it is only about time and not developing sailing skills, then run it clockwise with a spinnaker and surf your way home, no big deal.
Is a better course one that has not direct up or down wind leg? What is the best course configuration to test one's total sailing capabilities?
Do your classes factor sail inventory?
Why two chart positions only determined by a GPS? Doesn't that foster unsafe sailing practice? How can you maintain "situational awareness" with your eyes glued to the GPS? Also, how do you see the damned thing wearing trifocals? Sprayed with salt water?
What about obstacles like gas rigs? Is it better to chart a course that keeps them out of the routes?
We are lucky here. There is an infinity of possibilites.
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