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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

As in the America's Cup and one design, where boats might have some pretty defined limitations, it would seem to be the committee's mandate to make the call.

Most fleet/handicap racing leave it to the skipper. A couple of years back the Southern Straits race committee started a race in the face of a storm warning.. this is a long standing event with a good percentage of 'gear busters' over the years.. everyone knew the predictions and forecasts.. Some chose to start, others did not. As it happened conditions were worse than forecast, and at the end of day one, in view of several dismastings, mass retirements, and a dangerous swamping with 2 MOBs (thankfully recovered) the committee abandoned the race for the first time in the event's history..

At that point pretty well everyone had withdrawn except for a couple of boats that, IIRC, were 'training' for Vic Maui and Sydney Hobart.

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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Cheers for fixing my quote Faster - I don't seem to be able to use all the facilities available on the forum due to my computer.

I think we are on the same page regarding query on responsibility.
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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Sweet race... I'd be TOTALLY onboard with sailing in it! When the vid started I was like OK why wasn't anyone forward putting up a painter! Later in the vid with you guys surfing up a storm with barely a rag for a sail... I was like YEEEEEEAAAAAH, duly noted, no need for a jib!

Yep, responsibility is up to the skipper for sure, but I didn't see anything unsafe there. You guys rock!

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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

The race that was cancelled in Seattle was the last race for Duck Dodge. This is a non-handicapped mostly-fun beer can race where a big highlight is the raft up and sharing of drinks at the end. It was the right thing to cancel it when there were 50 knot gusts 3 hours before the race given the nature of this race and the boats involved.

They still had the after-party!
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Sweet race... I'd be TOTALLY onboard with sailing in it! When the vid started I was like OK why wasn't anyone forward putting up a painter! Later in the vid with you guys surfing up a storm with barely a rag for a sail... I was like YEEEEEEAAAAAH, duly noted, no need for a jib!

Yep, responsibility is up to the skipper for sure, but I didn't see anything unsafe there. You guys rock!
Close on the heels of the Straits race I referred to above, a Utube video was posted by a participating J109. It was a fascinating thing to watch. At first, kite up, boat surfing, smiles and high fives all around, maybe 20-22 knots of breeze and boat speed in the teens.. later, wind over 30 knots, mainsail only, a less exuberant crew.. later still, 50 knots plus, everyone looking pretty grim, hanging on as they fought to get into shelter at Nanaimo.. the transition from YEE HAW to 'oh Sh*t' to 'gemmeouttahere' was very apparent....
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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

It was a close call whether to go or not-the waters in this location are *relatively* protected and we've done so much work on the boat in the last year replacing halyards, new traveler, blocks, and adjustable backstay that it gave us a good op to try out our new systems.

Ultimately, it should be the skipper's call and the most disconcerting thing in those conditions is the thought of anyone going overboard. Water temp is around 50 degrees so you don't have much time to figure it out. We finally decided conditions had deteriorated enough that we dropped the sails and motored back. It's a judgment call, I suppose, but we were happy with the lessons and experiences we gained.

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