Originally Posted by Sanduskysailor
Absolutely the lamest idea on Sailnet. Too many variables to give any significant meaning to any result. Is current factored in? Who measures the wind speeds? Are they measured at the top of a 70' mast or at the top of a 20' mast. How do you make sure all the courses have the same amount of beating, reaches? What happens if the wind shifts 30 degrees on your course and not on some others??
Basically you plan is garbage in for the data and garbage out for the results.
Sandy, baby, absolutely the lamest post on Sailnet. But don't worry, it took a while for Dog to get it too.
You guys are too bound up in the trees of one-off style racing. You must relax your mind! And see the forest of the Global Regatta!
The beauty of it is that none of the variables you mention matter. All that matters is your time. Breathe deeply, and listen....
See, one can go out as many times as one would like, in whatever conditions he'd like, with whatever sails he'd like, all season long, to capture the best possible time he and his boat can throw down on the preset course. He gets to make that call! Not the race committee!
Furthermore, it's his own body of water. So if he's any good at all, he'll pick well and head out to the course in the best possible confluence of conditions for him and his boat. And, unless he's a complete dolt about sailing, he'll probably see a couple of other boats (like yours) on his course on that fine day - going for their times as well.
It's a fixed course. That's the great thing about it. Some days the conditions will favor some boats, other days others. But people can go out and give it a shot any time they want. And it all comes down to the fastest boat (in its category) around those mythical markers at the end of the year.
Where it WILL get sticky is comparing times from a medium course in SFB to a medium course in NYH - but that just means you guys need to pick smart courses to give yourselves the best possible shot. It's all about speed baby...and cunning...and a palatable lack of whining.
Garbage? Au Contraire, Mon Frčre. Only if you sail that way.