Originally Posted by billyruffn
You can't make this stuff up!
No one needs to make it up.
Most people on their early long passages cruising break more stuff. You don't need to be in a rally. You want to see ex-racers go in their first long passage. Bits flying off the boat like confetti at a wedding.
After a period of time people learn is much less expensive on the wallet and toe nails to slow the friggin boat down!
Another point from an earlier post, Billy, no one MUST start at the time of the rally. The ARC are very clear on it. You can start whenever you like, just not before the start time. But you are right that most want to start on time because they want to "win". For those that didnt want to be smashed around would have gone south first. It would all have been explained, the different weathe route options at the skippers briefing.
Ps is there a better spell checker for iPad than the moron ice on apple put in?