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What about last year when the same boat beat a valiant 40, a fin keeler, amongst other fin keelers? (boat for boat)
Have you ever sailed aboard a Westsail 32?
"A properly designed and constructed medium- or heavy-displacement cruiser is not the poor relative of the family, even in speed. As the renowned cruising designer Bill Crealock once told me: “A racing boat accelerates quicker, but there’s no reason why cruising hulls can’t be just as fast over long distances.”
He is talking about 1988. That's 23 years ago, an eternity in what concerns boat design evolution. I don't know if that was right in 1988 but I can tell you that today that statement does not make any sense. Compared with an old 40ft full keeler, even one that among its equals is a fast one, a 40class racer will make a Transat in almost half the time and that means almost double speed average. I have explained on a previous post why.
“In 1988,...The winner on corrected time was Saraband, a Westsail 32 that had sailed a consistent pace for 14 days, 17 hours elapsed time, an amazing feat in relatively light winds.”
Corrected time means that the westsail has a handicap..-and handicap means slow even when the boat wins.
To give you an example: Let's imagine a 100m race. Two racers, one a top athlete the other a guy without a leg and with crutches. Someone with responsibility for the attribution of fair handicaps on the sport establishes that the fair handicap for the guy with one leg to compete in equal terms with the athlete, for that distance is 25s. The athlete makes the race in 9.9s, the guy with one leg and crutches races in 36s and wins on compensated time.
Now one thing is saying that he won on compensated time another thing is saying that the guy with one leg and crutches is a fast runner
Last edited by GBurton; 03-14-2011 at 11:55 AM.