Actually, it's pretty relevant. The Bumfuzzles literally had NO schedule - at all.
Really? Damn, I could have sworn theirs was a typical Milk Run circumnavigation, in tune with the seasons... You know, arriving in the Marquesas along with everyone else, avoiding cyclone season across the Pacific like everyone else, planning their Indian Ocean crossing around the monsoon, getting out of the Med prior to the onset of winter, and sailing back across the Atlantic at the same time pretty much everyone else does it... No schedule whatsoever, huh? Are you suggesting they might be just as likely to undertake the route these rallies sail in the middle of hurricane season, as in the middle of winter, being as they are not constrained by 'schedules', or the dictates of their insurer, in any way?
Most everyone sails to a 'schedule', some are simply looser than others... (There are some pretty compelling reasons why the Bermuda Races are run in June, rather than August, or September.) But there are several ocean passages cruising sailors routinely undertake that have very narrow windows of opportunity. The passage between NZ and Fiji and Tonga, for example. Or the fall crossing of the Bay of Biscay from the British Isles/Baltic. As we saw this spring, even the window of opportunity back to the Azores from the Caribbean can be surprisingly brief... However, there are probably no popular passages that offer a more compressed time frame than the late fall trip from the Eastern seaboard to the islands... Especially, given the twin constraints of Hurricane season/insurance dictates, and the American holiday season, that are placed upon most who make the trip...
One of the primary reasons Bill & Linda Knowles were inspired to start the SDR, was when they heard of the departure date of the next Caribbean 1500, which they were planning to sail in once again. This was the first year the 1500 was run by the WCC, and the organizers being Brits, they might have lacked an appreciation for the importance of our Thanksgiving holiday. The date they'd chosen was around the 8th of November, if memory serves - which of course left virtually no wiggle room for crews to be back home for Turkey Day, in the event of any postponement, or even a slower than average passage...
Certainly, it can be argued that's not the way it should be... However, the simple reality is that it IS the way it is for most participants... The vast majority of boats are taking along friends/extra crew for this passage, but with the understanding that most everyone is committed to being back home for Thanksgiving. If you've ever been in Hampton, and sat thru a couple of postponements in departure due to weather, it's only a few days before a mass exodus of crewmembers will begin... In 2011, the most recent year I was there waiting along with everyone else, Charlie Doane himself was one of the many who felt compelled to bail out...
I decided I had to pull the plug on my participation in this year’s Caribbean 1500 on Wednesday afternoon after rally HQ announced they were postponing the start once again until this morning. I was reluctant to do this, but the “squash zone” between my prospective arrival time in the BVI and the Thanksgiving holiday was getting a little too tight for comfort.
CARIBBEAN 1500 RALLY: They Leave Without Me | Sailfeed
So, like we saw last year, the rally routers are trying to look for very narrow windows to get everyone through in time for the pig roast.
You know, you might want to give your repeated mocking references to the SDR's pig roast a rest... In this instance, it's especially nonsensical relative to the point you're attempting to make, given that the infamous pig roast is held PRIOR
to the fleet's departure from Hampton... :-)
And, you continue to cite the SDR for faults that the 1500 is even MORE
guilty of... The 1500's awards dinner this year is scheduled for November 14, the SDR's final get-together not until the 21st... Gee, with both rallies estimating identical departure dates, which one do you suppose might feel more compelled to adhere to a 'scheduled' departure date, huh?