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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
Smackers, until I get an answer on the water question, I'm reserving judgement. That boat should have been able to sail during the hours of darkness under a poled out jib and maintained 6-7.5 kts. Insisting that the kite be flown by someone who couldn't was asking to lose sleep. It's the Aloha Class, take the night off. Secondly, it doesn't pay for slow boats to wander around the Pacific chasing breeze, particularly when you're light on water (if they truly were). The Great Circle route is the shortest distance between LA and HON. Not only that, if you were really in trouble, you're only about two hours from being run over by a parade of shipping. Fast boats can take the jogs south because they can make up the miles by planing. Aquarius isn't that kind of boat. Neither were Dorade and Westward, and you didn't see them digging south. So Jake and RD are actually clueless when it comes to course selection. As for Harry taking that hitch north? That's what people do when they chase boat speed in light air. We call it "spinning out", and everyone knows not to do it, and we've all done it once. I'm just mortified by the absolute arrogance and self serving nature of these two. They didn't die, they weren't even close.
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