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Imagine if it got REALLY light and they found themselves without a sprit to fly a code zero!
You better believe they can re-install the bowsprit in less time than it needs to reach the next start line. They almost certainly are not getting enough advantage from removing it to warrant the risk of a light air race without a code zero.

As Julie said, the wind speed in the SF Bay are pretty rock solid predictable -they are very unlikely to change that significantly during one race. I would be astonished to find a code zero stowed on board along with it's continuous line furler. That's an awful lot of weight to schlep along just in case. The sail bag is probably about as big as a family sedan.


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Yesterdays races were cancelled due to the wind direction being 20-30 degrees off the preferred direction rather than windspeed being too high. When I sail the wind is often coming from a less than ideal direction but I go anyway. Seems to me this is supposed to be a test of sailing ability and to me that means dealing with less than ideal conditions. I am not a racer so can someone please explain the logic of this to me. Would it have made it impossible to complete a race within the allotted 40 minutes?
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.....When I sail the wind is often coming from a less than ideal direction but I go anyway. Seems to me this is supposed to be a test of sailing ability and to me that means dealing with less than ideal conditions. I am not a racer so can someone please explain the logic of this to me.....
Exactly the opposite. They only want wind that comes up and down the course, requiring tacking and jibing. They don't want ideal wind where both boats just reach up and down. It is supposed to be a test of skill.
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Great racing today for OTUSA. Wow. They simply outraced ETNZ, no other way to describe it.


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Great racing today for OTUSA. Wow. They simply outraced ETNZ, no other way to describe it.
Indeed... it's getting as lopsided as the earlier races when ETNZ was doing a similar job... It's getting more interesting.

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Indeed... it's getting as lopsided as the earlier races when ETNZ was doing a similar job... It's getting more interesting.
Spithill said on TV a day or so ago "This is a long way from over".

He is proving that statement to be correct.


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